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In the early years of the 21st Century, 2000 to 2025 

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Success of the economy hinges upon seasonal variations in agriculture, tourism, and construction activity as well as remittance inflows. Much of the workforce is employed in banana production and tourism, but persistent high unemployment has prompted many to leave the islands. This lower-middle-income country is vulnerable to natural disasters - tropical storms wiped out substantial portions of crops in 1994, 1995, and 2002. In 2007, the islands had more than 200,000 tourist arrivals, mostly to the Grenadines.

The government's ability to invest in social programs and respond to external shocks is constrained by its high debt burden - 25% of current revenues are directed towards debt servicing.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

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Human Rights Reports » 2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 10, 2020 saint-vincent-and-the-grenadines/

[accessed 8 September 2020]

SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN - The law does not prohibit the use of children for prostitution, pornography, or pornographic performances. The law prohibits girls younger than age 15 and boys younger than age 16 from engaging in consensual sexual relations, and the government enforced the law. The law prohibits statutory rape, with special provisions for those younger than age 13. Observers noted that male and female teenagers engaged in prostitution and transactional sex. NGO and government representatives reported some mothers pressured their daughters to have sexual relations with older men as a way to generate family income. Government officials conducted sensitization workshops in the community and schools to address the problem.

2018 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor

Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, US Dept of Labor, 2019

[accessed 8 September 2020]

Note:: Also check out this country’s report in the more recent edition DOL Worst Forms of Child Labor

[page 1004]

Limited research and information received from various sources suggest that some children in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are subjected to commercial sexual exploitation, including by their relatives, in exchange for money or goods. (3,9,16,17)

The Protection Project - St. Vincent & Grenadines [DOC]

The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), The Johns Hopkins University

[accessed 2009]

FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO THE TRAFFICKING INFRASTRUCTURE - The growth of the sex tourism industry in the Caribbean and Central America sparks the demand for women in prostitution and fuels the trafficking of women and children in the region.

FORMS OF TRAFFICKING - Trafficking in women and children for sexual exploitation is a growing concern in the entire Caribbean region. Millions of children in the region are victims of commercial sexual exploitation, sex tourism, pornography, underage domestic labor, and trafficking.

GOVERNMENT RESPONSES - The constitution of St. Vincent and the Grenadines prohibits slavery and forced labor.   The Employment of Women, Young Persons, and Children Act of 1935 (as revised in 1990) makes the employment of children in industrial undertakings and ships illegal.  Use of children and women for night work also is prohibited. The act defines a child as a person younger than 14 years.

Study of Child Vulnerability in Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Vincent & The Grenadines [PDF]

UNICEF Office for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, in association with the Governments of Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines

[accessed 25 July 2011]

[page 14]  STREET CHILDREN - Children living or working on the street were not identified by the Coordinating Committee as a major area of vulnerability and the issue did not emerge as a significant concern among respondents – adults or children – interviewed for this study or during the National Consultations.  There appears to be no data on the issue in the three countries, although information from the Division of Human Services in St. Lucia suggested that some children were without adult supervision. This leaves them vulnerable to sexual and other kinds of abuses. In St. Vincent, the Minister for Social Development, the Family, Gender and Ecclesiastical Affairs has pointed to an increase in the number of street children and proposed that laws be revised to prosecute their parents for child abuse and neglect. His concern echoed that of the UNCRC Committee, which commented on the sexual exploitation of children, including boys and street children, for payment.




The Department of Labor’s 2006 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor [PDF]

U.S. Dept of Labor Bureau of International Labor Affairs, 2007

[accessed 25 December 2010]

Note:: Also check out this country’s report in the more recent edition DOL Worst Forms of Child Labor

INCIDENCE AND NATURE OF CHILD LABOR - There is concern that child prostitution is becoming a larger problem in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

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 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to address exploitive child labor.

Human Rights Reports » 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, February 25, 2009

[accessed 11 February 2020]

WOMEN - Although prostitution is illegal, a local human rights group reported that it remained a problem among young women and teenagers.

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