Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement

In 2020, the Solomon Islands made minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. During the reporting period, the government created a revised version of its National Action Plan against Human Trafficking and People Smuggling and partnered with private companies to create and implement human trafficking awareness-raising campaigns targeting 12 communities in the Choiseul Province. However, children in the Solomon Islands are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also perform dangerous tasks in the harvesting of palm oil fruits. The minimum age for work does not meet international standards, and the Solomon Islands has not established a minimum age for hazardous work or delineated the types of work considered hazardous for children. The government also did not publish labor and criminal law enforcement data for the reporting year. In addition, education is not compulsory, which increases children’s vulnerability to child labor exploitation.

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