Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Suriname

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Suriname
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement

In 2020, Suriname made minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government drafted and approved a new National Action Plan for the Prevention and Response to Trafficking in Persons. It also hired 20 new labor inspectors, increasing the size of the Labor Inspectorate from 50 to 70. However, children in Suriname 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 mining. Prohibitions related to the use of children for illicit activities do not meet international standards. In addition, the compulsory education age does not reach the minimum age for employment, leaving some children vulnerable to labor exploitation. Suriname also lacked targeted inspections in risk-prone sectors.

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