Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Peru

Brazil Nuts/Chestnuts
Brazil Nuts/Chestnuts
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Bricks
Bricks
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Coca (Stimulant Plant)
Coca (Stimulant Plant)
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Fireworks
Fireworks
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Fish
Fish
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Gold
Gold
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Timber
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Peru
2019 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Significant Advancement

In 2019, Peru made a significant advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government published a law modifying the Penal Code to strengthen penalties for the sexual exploitation of women and minors and drafted an executive decree to establish a standardized government procedure to register adolescent workers. Under Operation Mercury to stop illegal gold mining, Peruvian authorities also dismantled a human trafficking network in the Madre de Dios region. In addition, the government renewed the National Plan to Combat Forced Labor for the 2019–2022 period and the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations approved a guide for the reintegration of human trafficking victims. Moreover, under the Semilla Project, the Ministry of Labor created the Child Labor Free Seal which recognizes products and services whose supply chains are free of child labor. However, children in Peru engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in mining and in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Peruvian law allows children ages 12 to 14 to do light work without specifying the activities in which children may work. In addition, labor law enforcement agencies in Peru lack sufficient inspectors and training to adequately combat child labor.

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