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Title: LATVIA: NO REPORTS OF CHILD/FORCED LABOR IN THE PRODUCTION

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10RIGA232010-01-15 08:04:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Riga
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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6220
RUEHC/DEPT OF LABOR WASHDC
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
UNCLAS RIGA 000023 
 
SIPDIS 
DEPT PLEASE PASS TO DOL/ILAB FOR LEYLA STROTKAMP, RACHEL RIGBY AND 
TINA MCCARTER 
DEPT PLEASE PASS TO DRL/ILCSR FOR SARAH MORGAN AND G/TIP FOR LUIS 
CDEBACA 
 
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TAGS: ELAB EIND ETRD KTIP PHUM SOCI USAID LG
SUBJECT: LATVIA: NO REPORTS OF CHILD/FORCED LABOR IN THE PRODUCTION 
OF GOODS 
 
REF: A. SECSTATE 131997 
 
¶1. The Embassy reached out to a range of nongovernmental 
organizations (Safe Home, Dardedze Center for Abused Children, 
Crises Center Skalbes, Resource Center for Women Marta), the local 
office of the International Organization for Migration, the State 
Inspectorate for the Protection of Children's Rights, and the Labor 
Department at the Ministry of Welfare to inquire if there have been 
any reports of child labor or forced labor in the production of 
goods. Our contacts reported no instances of child labor or forced 
labor in the production of goods in Latvia. 
 
¶2. The law and policies protect children from exploitation in the 
workplace, including policies regarding acceptable working 
conditions, and the government generally implemented these laws and 
policies in practice.  The law restricts employment of those under 
the age of 18 by prohibiting night-shift or overtime work. The 
statutory minimum age for employment is 15, although children who 
are 13 or older may work in certain jobs outside of school hours 
with written permission from a parent. Inspectors from the Ministry 
of Welfare's State Labor Inspectorate are responsible for enforcing 
the child labor laws, and they did so effectively.