Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement – Efforts Made but Continued Practice that Delayed Advancement

In 2020, Timor-Leste made minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The Inter-Agency Anti-Trafficking Working Group continued work on the draft decree that outlines the roles and responsibilities of the yet-to-be established Anti-Trafficking Commission, and the National Commission Against Child Labor met regularly throughout the year. However, despite new initiatives to address child labor, Timor-Leste is receiving an assessment of minimal advancement due to a continued practice that delayed advancement in eliminating the worst forms of child labor. While no law or policy prohibits pregnant girls from attending school, reports during the reporting period indicate that orders from school principals forced girls to leave school when they became pregnant, making them more vulnerable to the worst forms of child labor. Children in Timor-Leste 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 agriculture. In addition, there is a lack of training on child labor laws for labor inspectors and criminal investigators.

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