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Review of Child Labour Laws of Barbados

  • (v)

    All employers shall maintain a register of workers under eighteen years. Any employer in an industrial undertaking or ship who refuses to maintain a register of young persons employed with them is guilty of an offence. (All countries)

  • (vi)

    No young person may be admitted to employment except in occupations approved by Labour Officers as not being injurious to the moral or physical development of the young person. (Belize)

  • (vii)

    No young person shall be required to work between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. (Barbados)

  • (viii)

    No young person shall be admitted to employment in a factory for a period exceeding 2 weeks unless after a medical examination he has been found fit for the work he is employed to do. (Barbados)

All forms of slavery or practices similar to slavery

  • (i)

    The Constitution prohibits all forms of slavery or practices similar to slavery. (All countries)

  • (ii)

    In addition to constitutional protection, there is the criminal offence of taking away a child under eighteen years from his parent or guardian: Any person who unlawfully, either by force or fraud takes away any child from his parent or guardian, commits an offence of child stealing. (All countries)


Criminal offence of ill-treatment of child under eighteen years: Any person over the age of eighteen years, who has custody, charge or care of any child or young person, willfully assaults, ill-treats, neglects, abandons, or exposes the child or young person, or causes or procures the child or young person to be assaulted, ill- treated, neglected, abandoned or exposed in a manner likely to cause the child or young person unnecessary suffering or injury to health commits an offence. (All countries)

Sale and trafficking of children

  • (i)

    The Combating Trafficking in Persons Bill provides for the offence of trafficking in children. Clause 3(1) provides that whoever engages in or conspires to engage in or attempts to engage in, or assists another person to engage in or organizes or directs other persons to engage in trafficking in persons, shall:

    • (e)

      be sentenced to any term of years or life imprisonment;

    • (f)

      be subject to forfeiture of property; and

    • (g)

      be ordered to pay full restitution to the trafficked person. (Guyana)


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