Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Botswana

Botswana
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement

In 2020, Botswana made minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government provided emergency food assistance packages to vulnerable families, reaching over 47,000 households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Criminal law enforcement officials also initiated two prosecutions related to the human trafficking of children for commercial sexual exploitation. However, children in Botswana are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation, cattle herding, and domestic work, each sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Key gaps remain in the country’s legal framework, including the lack of a minimum age for compulsory education and list of hazardous work activities for children. In addition, social programs do not always reach intended child labor victims, especially those engaged in cattle herding and domestic work.

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