In 2016, Maldives made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The Government launched a National Victim Support Hotline for victims of the worst forms of child labor, and the Labor Relations Authority trained all labor inspectors on investigating trafficking in persons cases. The Government also created a technical-level committee to advise the Anti-Human Trafficking National Steering Committee and monitor implementation of the National Anti-Human Trafficking National Action Plan. Although research is limited, there is evidence that children in Maldives are engaged in the worst forms of child labor in commercial sexual exploitation, including use in the production of pornography. The Government has not determined specific hazardous occupations or activities that are prohibited for children, and the law does not sufficiently prohibit commercial sexual exploitation of children. The Government does not have a coordinating mechanism or policy that addresses all relevant worst forms of child labor in the country.
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