Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

West Bank and the Gaza Strip

West Bank and the Gaza Strip
2021 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement

In 2021, the Palestinian Authority made minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor in the areas of the West Bank under its control. The Ministry of Labor detected 51 cases of child labor and imposed 19 penalties. However, children in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including use in illicit activities. Children also perform dangerous tasks in construction and fishing. The Palestinian Authority’s legal framework does not criminally prohibit all elements of child trafficking. In addition, Palestinian Authority programs to prevent or eliminate child labor are insufficient.

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