2006 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor - Kiribati

Selected Statistics and Indicators on Child Labor
Gross primary enrollment rate in 2004:115%2363
Net primary enrollment rate in 1999:97%2364

Incidence and Nature of Child Labor

The U.S. State Department reports that child prostitution is a problem in Kiribati. A study conducted in 2005 described the commercial sexual exploitation of young girls by crew members from foreign fishing vessels who give girls cash, food, or other goods in exchange for sexual services.2365

Child Labor Laws and Enforcement

No changes have been recorded regarding child labor laws and enforcement since the last reporting period in Kiribati.*

Current Government Policies and Programs to Eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labor

Research has not identified any policies or programs by the Government of Kiribati to address exploitive child labor.

* For more information, please refer to the U.S. Department of Labor's 2005 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor.

2363 UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Gross Enrolment Ratio. Primary. Total, accessed December 20, 2006; available from http://stats.uis.unesco.org/.

2364 UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Net Enrolment Rate. Primary. Total, accessed December 20, 2006; available from http://stats.uis.unesco.org.

2365 U.S. Department of State, "Kiribati," in Country Reports on Human Rights Practices-2006, Washington, DC, March 6, 2007, Section 5; available from http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2006/78776.htm. See also U.S. Embassy – Suva, reporting, February 28, 2007.


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