Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Vanuatu

Vanuatu
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement

In 2020, Vanuatu made minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government increased access to education by granting a school-fee exemption for the 2020 academic year, in addition to other measures such as increasing Internet capacity in schools for online schooling. The government also reconvened the National Children Protection Working Group. Although research is limited, children in Vanuatu are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in forced domestic work and commercial sexual exploitation, each sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also engage in dangerous tasks in forestry. Vanuatu’s minimum age for hazardous work is too low to comply with international standards. Vanuatu also lacks a referral mechanism between criminal authorities and social services providers. In addition, the Government of Vanuatu did not respond to requests for information for this report.

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