Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports


2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2020, Tunisia made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The Ministry of Social Affairs published a list of hazardous work that is prohibited for children. The Ministry of Education also introduced a new Second Chance program for children who dropped out of school that would assist them in either completing their education or receiving vocational training. In addition, the government provided cash transfers to families to help mitigate the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, children in Tunisia are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in forced labor in domestic work and begging, each sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also perform dangerous tasks in scavenging for garbage and in street work. The law’s minimum age protections cannot be enforced with respect to children who are engaged in work on inhabited premises, such as private homes, without permission of the property owner, a complaint to child protection delegates, or a court order to access the property. The government provided partial data on its criminal law enforcement efforts for inclusion in this report.

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