Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Paraguay

beans
Beans
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Bricks
Bricks
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Cabbages
Cabbages
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Carrots
Carrots
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Cattle
Cattle
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Corn
Corn
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Fish
Fish
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Goats
Goats
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Hogs
Hogs
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Lettuce
Lettuce
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Manioc/Cassava
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Melons
Melons
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Onions
Onions
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Peanuts
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Peppers
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Pornography
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Poultry
Poultry
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Sesame
Sesame
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Sheep
Sheep
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Stones (Limestone)
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Sugarcane
Sugarcane
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Sweet Potato
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Tomatoes
Tomatoes
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Yerba Mate (Stimulant Plant)
Yerba Mate (Stimulant Plant)
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Paraguay
2019 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Significant Advancement

In 2019, Paraguay made a significant advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The labor inspectorate increased its budget in order to hire more inspectors; inspectors received training on forced labor, trafficking in persons, child labor, and agricultural inspections; and judges were trained on the worst forms of child labor. The Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security and the Ministry of Children and Adolescents also signed an agreement to strengthen inter-agency coordination on child labor, and the latter launched the Immediate Response Program to provide support to street children. In addition, the government updated the National Strategy for the Prevention and Eradication of Child Labor and Protection of Working Adolescents for the 2019–2024 period, with a focus on strengthening minimum family incomes, inspection of adolescent work, and access to quality education. Finally, the government enacted a law that provides domestic workers with the same minimum wage as all other workers, effectively changing a law that previously provided domestic workers with only 60 percent of the national minimum wage. However, children in Paraguay are engaged in the worst forms of child labor, including in debt bondage in cattle raising and in domestic servitude, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Limited funding for law enforcement agencies and social programs hampered the government’s ability to fully address the worst forms of child labor, particularly in rural areas.

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