Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Ukraine

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2018 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2018, Ukraine made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. Ukraine officially ended the moratorium on labor inspections in February 2018. In addition, Ukraine doubled the number of labor inspectors, trained new inspectors, and established an Inter-Ministerial Counter-Trafficking Coordination Council. However, children in Ukraine engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in the production of pornography. Children also perform dangerous tasks in mining. National policies related to child labor continue to lack sufficient funding for adequate implementation. Furthermore, Russian aggression in the east of the country continued, which negatively impacted the government’s ability to address the worst forms of child labor by limiting the budget available for social services and other domestic policy priorities, and increased the vulnerability to exploitation of children living in Russian-controlled geographical areas.

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