Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Sao Tome and Principe

Sao Tome and Principe
2017 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement

In 2017, São Tomé and Príncipe made a minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government continued to contribute resources to support centers that aim to prevent child labor by keeping children in school. However, children in São Tomé and Príncipe engage in the worst forms of child labor in commercial sexual exploitation. Children also perform dangerous tasks in agriculture. The types of hazardous work prohibited for children are not comprehensive, and the compulsory education age does not extend to the minimum age for work. Inadequate resources hamper law enforcement agencies’ capacity to enforce child labor laws.