Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement

In 2020, Papua New Guinea made minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. During the reporting period, the National Council for Child and Family Services developed criteria for the appointment of child protection officers and appointed 42 child protection officers. However, children in Papua New Guinea are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also perform dangerous tasks in mining. Papua New Guinea's hazardous work prohibitions do not comply with international standards that require all children under age 18 to be protected from work that could jeopardize their health and safety, nor do its laws prohibit using, procuring, or offering a child for illicit activities, including for the production and trafficking of drugs. Schools continued charging fees as a result of not receiving promised government subsidies needed for education to remain free and accessible for all children. In addition, insufficient resources hamper the labor inspectorate’s capacity to enforce child labor laws.

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