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2010 In Focus Archive: December 15, 2010

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Department of Labor Issues Reports on International Child Labor and Forced Labor

DOL today released three reports on child labor and/or forced labor in foreign countries. Included in the release is the newly redesigned, ninth annual Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, a report mandated by the Trade and Development Act of 2000 that provides information on the efforts of certain U.S. trade beneficiary countries to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. This year's report highlights the major findings related to each government's efforts and includes country-specific suggestions for government action to combat these problems.

DOL also released ILAB's update to its List of Goods Produced by Child or Forced Labor, which is mandated by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005 (TVPRA List). The update adds 6 new goods and 12 new countries for a total of 128 goods from 70 countries that ILAB has reason to believe are produced by forced labor, child labor or both, in violation of international standards. Finally, DOL released ILAB's proposed revision to the current List of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor pursuant to Executive Order 13126 of 1999. The revision removes one product from the list and adds another, for a total of 29 products from 21 countries. These proposed changes will be available for public comment beginning December 16th.