Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports


2019 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement

In 2019, Botswana made a minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. During the year, the government conducted trainings related to countering trafficking in persons and exploitation of children. However, children in Botswana engage in 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 insufficient prohibitions for hazardous work. 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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