Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Gambia, The

2021 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2021, The Gambia made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government adopted a new National Action Plan Against Trafficking in Persons, and it launched the National Referral Mechanism for the Protection of Vulnerable Migrants, including the Victims of Trafficking. However, children in The Gambia are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking, and in forced begging. Gaps in the law remain, including that the minimum age for work is higher than the age of compulsory education. Although the government has adopted various policies addressing human trafficking, research found no evidence of a policy on other worst forms of child labor. In addition, labor inspectors do not inspect private homes or farms where children may be working.

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