Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha

Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha
2021 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement – Efforts Made but Continued Practice that Delayed Advancement

Although research found no evidence that child labor exists in Saint Helena, Ascensión, and Tristán da Cunha, in 2021, the government made minimal advancement in efforts to prevent the worst forms of child labor. The Government of Ascensión passed a new Employment Ordinance during the reporting period which sets the minimum age for work at 14. However, Saint Helena, Ascensión, and Tristán da Cunha is assessed as having made only minimal advancement because it continued to implement a practice that delayed advancement in preventing the worst forms of child labor. There is no functioning labor inspectorate in Saint Helena, Ascensión, and Tristán da Cunha to enforce labor laws. Labor inspections are a key tool for identifying child labor violations, and their absence makes children more vulnerable to the worst forms of child labor. In addition, the islands have yet to define, by law or regulation, the types of hazardous work prohibited for children, other than work on vessels engaged in maritime navigation. Gaps also remain in legislation across Saint Helena, Ascensión, and Tristán da Cunha related to forced child labor and the trafficking of children for labor exploitation.

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