In 2016, Gabon made a minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The Committee for the Fight Against Child Trafficking established Local Vigilance committees in all nine regions, and initiated eight prosecutions against individuals for using child labor. However, children in Gabon perform dangerous tasks in domestic work and transportation. The Government lacks prohibitions against the use of children in illicit activities and does not criminally prohibit slavery or the use of children for pornographic performances. Labor inspectors lack basic resources necessary to conduct investigations, such as transportation, fuel, and office supplies. Additionally, the Government lacks a general policy to address child labor, reduced funding to the Interministerial Committee for the Fight Against Child Trafficking, and reduced financial support to social programs to address child labor.
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