Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Liberia

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Liberia
2018 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement

In 2018, Liberia made a minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. During the reporting period, the government significantly increased the number of labor inspectors from 31 to 50. In addition, the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force collaborated with international organizations, NGOs, and high-level officials to conduct a two-month long public awareness campaign around World Day Against Trafficking. However, children in Liberia engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in forced domestic work. Children also perform dangerous tasks in the production of rubber, and the mining of gold and diamonds. The Liberia National Police’s Women and Children Protection Section and the National Commission on Child Labor continue to lack sufficient resources to conduct investigations and enforce child labor laws. The compulsory education age is also lower than the minimum age for work, making 15-year-old children vulnerable to the worst forms of child labor because they are not required to attend school while also not legally permitted to work until age 16. In addition, social programs are not sufficient to address the scope of the problem in the country, particularly where child labor is prevalent.

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