In 2016, the Kyrgyz Republic made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The Government adopted the Interagency Action Plan on Measures to Prevent the Involvement of Children in the Worst Forms of Child Labor. The Bishkek Mayor’s Office also began funding evening remedial classes for thousands of child laborers. However, children in the Kyrgyz Republic engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation and illicit activities. Research indicates that the State Inspectorate on Ecological and Technical Safety did not conduct inspections to ensure compliance with legal minimum age protections. The compulsory education age also remained lower than the minimum age to work.
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