Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Ethiopia

Cattle
Cattle
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Gold
Gold
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Khat (Stimulant Plant)
Khat (Stimulant Plant)
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Textiles (Hand-Woven)
Textiles (Hand-Woven)
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Ethiopia
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2020, Ethiopia made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. Under the Prevention and Suppression of Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Persons Proclamation No. 1178, the government overhauled its national counter-trafficking framework, amending penalties for debt bondage, slavery, human trafficking, and certain forms of child labor and sexual exploitation. With external support, the Ministry of Education also announced a school feeding project benefiting 163,021 pre-primary and primary-age students in five regional states. In addition, the Ministry of Labor collaborated with the ILO to develop a digital inspection system, which was completed in 2020. However, children in Ethiopia continue to be subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in forced labor in domestic work and in commercial sexual exploitation. The law in Ethiopia does not include free basic education or a compulsory age for education, leaving children vulnerable to the worst forms of child labor. Social programs to combat child labor have also not sufficiently targeted sectors with high incidences of child labor.

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