Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor - Kenya

Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports


2016 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2016, Kenya made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. Kenya's parliament passed the National Policy on the Elimination of Child Labor. In addition, the Kenyan police established a new Child Protection Unit to investigate cases of child exploitation such as commercial sexual exploitation. The Government also participated in social programs to combat the worst forms of child labor. However, children in Kenya engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in agriculture and commercial sexual exploitation. Kenya has yet to ratify the UN CRC Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography. In addition, the age gap between the compulsory education age and the minimum age for work leaves children vulnerable to child labor, as they are not required to attend school at age 14 but cannot legally work until age 16. The Government has also not committed sufficient resources for enforcement efforts.

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