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Review of Child Labour Laws of Barbados

(d) publishes or causes to be published any advertisement likely to be understood as conveying that the advertiser distributes or shows indecent photographs of children or intends to do so, is guilty of an offence.

(2) For the purposes of this Act, a person is to be regarded as distributing an indecent photograph if that person parts with possession of the photograph, or exposes or offers it for acquisition by another person.


Use, procuring or offering a child for illicit activities, production and trafficking of drugs

Sections 4 to 8 of the Drug Abuse (Prevention and Control) Act, 1990 lay down the provisions relating to the restrictions on controlled drugs, such as; importation and exportation; production and supply; possession; handling, and misuse of any controlled drugs in Barbados.

According to Section 18(2) of the Act, no person shall on his/her own behalf or on behalf of any other person whether or not such other person is in Barbados; (a) traffic in a controlled drug, (b) offer to traffic in a controlled drug or in a substance he believes to be a controlled drug, (c) do or offer to do an act preparatory to or for the purpose of trafficking in a controlled drug or in a substance he believes to be a controlled drug, unless such a person is authorized to do so according to the provisions of Section 12 of the Act. This subsection shall apply whether or not the controlled drug is in Barbados or is to be imported into Barbados or is ascertained or in existence.

Section 22 of the Act states that; it shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly and intentionally- (a) employ, hire, use, persuade, entice or coerce a child or a young person to contravene any provision of this Act; (b) employ, hire, use, persuade, induce, entice or coerce a child or young person to assist in avoiding detection or apprehension for any offence under this Act; (c) receive a controlled drug from a child or young person in contravention of any provision of this Act. According to Section 2 of the Act, “child” means a person under 14, and “young person” is reached 14 and under 18 years of age.

Further, according to Section 21(1) it is unlawful for a person to have a controlled drug in his/her possession in or within a radius of one hundred yards of any school premises. For the purposes of this Act, the expression “controlled drug” means any narcotic drugs, or any psychotropic substances listed in Part I and Part II of the First Schedule, and any listed substances in Part III of the First Schedule of this Act.

It is submitted that the laws on illicit drugs are fully compliant with the requirements of ILO Convention No. 182.


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