Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Namibia

Namibia
2019 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Significant Advancement

In 2019, Namibia made a significant advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government brought into force the Child Care and Protection Act, increasing protections for children from the worst forms of child labor, and began implementing an updated National Agenda for Children, which aims to strengthen enforcement of laws related to child labor. The government also began implementing the Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act, which significantly strengthens penalties for trafficking crimes and provides mechanisms to increase the protection of child trafficking victims. In addition, the government increased the number of criminal prosecutions related to the worst forms of child labor, developed a national referral mechanism for responding to trafficking cases, and worked with NGOs to provide social and psychological support to child trafficking victims, including rehabilitation into schools. However, children in Namibia engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also engage in domestic work and street work. Hazardous work prohibitions for children in the agricultural sector are not comprehensive. In addition, social programs do not address child labor in agriculture and domestic work.

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