Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Lesotho

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Lesotho
2018 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2018, Lesotho made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The Ministry of Labor and Employment assigned labor inspectors to operate a Child Labor Desk within the ministry, and provided recommendations that supported the expansion of inspections into the informal sector. However, children in Lesotho continue to engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in animal herding, domestic work, and commercial sexual exploitation, each sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Lesotho’s compulsory education age is below the minimum age for work, leaving children in between these ages vulnerable to child labor. The government lacks sufficient mechanisms to combat child labor, and labor inspections are not conducted in high-risk sectors, including the informal sector.

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