Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Tunisia

Tunisia
2018 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Significant Advancement

In 2018, Tunisia made a significant advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government developed an expanded hazardous work list that includes additional categories deemed hazardous for children, including street work. The Minister of Social Affairs has already approved this revision, which will take effect once published in the official register. As part of its Child Labor National Action Plan, the government also published full results of the 2017 National Child Labor Survey. Regarding enforcement, the government, in tandem with international organizations, conducted trainings for civil and criminal law enforcement officials on human trafficking legal statutes. It also promulgated a new National Strategy on Trafficking in Persons. Lastly, the government inaugurated the Amali Center outside of Tunis as the first facility for child victims of trafficking in persons. However, children in Tunisia engage in the worst forms of child labor, including scavenging for garbage and in forced labor in domestic work and begging, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also perform dangerous tasks in street work. In addition, the law’s minimum age protections do not apply to children who are engaged in work in the informal sector on inhabited premises, such as private homes, without permission of the property owner or a court order.

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