Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Liberia

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Liberia
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2020, Liberia made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the labor inspectorate conducted 1,200 inspections at worksites in 2020, including over 100 unannounced labor inspections, compared to an estimated 236 inspections in 2019. In addition, the government investigated two suspected cases of child trafficking, initiated or advanced the prosecution of three cases, and convicted one individual who awaits sentencing. However, children in Liberia are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in forced domestic work, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also perform dangerous tasks in the production of rubber and the mining of gold and diamonds. In addition, Liberia has yet to accede to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child's Protocol on Armed Conflict and the Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution, and Child Pornography, and the minimum age for work is not in compliance with international standards. Moreover, social programs are not sufficient to address the scope of the problem in the country.

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