Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Suriname

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Suriname
2021 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2021, Suriname made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government drafted an annual plan to implement its National Action Plan to Combat Child Labor, which includes 21 action points, including the appointment of a Special Child Labor Rapporteur and capacity strengthening for the labor inspectorate. The Trafficking in Persons Working Group also drafted a victim-centered strategic plan and operations manual, which includes consideration for child survivors of human trafficking. Moreover, the government conducted an evaluation of Suriname's implementation of the United Nation's International Convention on the Rights of Children. 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. 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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