Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Rwanda

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Rwanda
2019 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2019, Rwanda made a moderate advancement in efforts to combat the worst forms of child labor. The government published its first ever comprehensive study examining human trafficking trends in the country and completed the drafting of a light work framework for children working under the minimum age. The government also removed 316 children from hazardous work situations, and punished 74 employers with fines totaling  about $3,000. Children in Rwanda engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in forced domestic work, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also perform dangerous tasks in agriculture. The number of labor inspectors does not meet the ILO's technical advice for the size of the workforce. In addition, Rwandan law potentially allows authorities to place children engaged in labor in transit centers, where children  are often subject to physical abuse. Finally, social programs did not address all relevant sectors where child labor was present.

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