Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports


2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement

In 2020, Samoa made minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government submitted two pieces of draft legislation, the Labour and Employment Relations Amendment Act 2020 and the Child Protection Bill 2020, to be considered during the next session of parliament. Children in Samoa are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also engage in dangerous tasks in street vending. Research found no evidence of laws that prohibit using, procuring, or offering children for illicit activities, including for the production and trafficking of drugs. In addition, the government did not publicly release information on its labor law enforcement or criminal law enforcements efforts.

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