In 2016, Montenegro made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. Information about the Labor Inspectorate's funding was made publicly available, and the police conducted targeted investigations of begging, which resulted in 45 children being rescued and sent to Social Welfare Centers. In addition, the Government approved the Strategy for the Social Inclusion of Roma and Egyptians, which aims to prevent child begging and trafficking through increased school attendance and birth registration. However, children in Montenegro engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in forced begging and commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. The law has not defined light work for children and allows employees between ages 15 and 18 to work at night in certain circumstances. Victim identification remained an area requiring improvement in order for the Government to combat human trafficking effectively.
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