Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Eswatini

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Eswatini
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement

In 2020, Eswatini made minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini published their first-ever uniform guidelines for providing shelter and care for victims of human trafficking and gender-based violence. However, children in Eswatini are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in forced domestic work, forced livestock herding, and commercial sexual exploitation, each sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Significant gaps in the legal framework remain, including gaps in minimum age protections, a lack of legislation regulating the labor conditions under Kuhlehla and other customary practices, and a de facto compulsory education age that does not meet international standards. In addition, minimum age protections only apply to children working in industrial undertakings, which does not conform to international standards that require all children to be protected by the minimum age to work.

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