Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Niger

Cattle
Cattle
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Gold
Gold
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Gypsum (Mineral)
Gypsum (Mineral)
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Salt
Salt
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Trona (Minerals)
Trona (Minerals)
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Niger
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement

In 2020, Niger made minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government hired additional labor inspectors and carried out several capacity training workshops. However, children in Niger were subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in hereditary slavery and mining, each sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also perform dangerous tasks herding cattle. The minimum age for work does not meet international standards because it does not apply to children in unpaid or non-contractual work. In addition, the particular type of slavery known as wahaya, while illegal, continues to exist. Gaps in labor law enforcement also remain, including insufficient funding for labor inspectors to conduct inspections. Also, social programs to combat child labor are insufficient to adequately address the extent of the problem.

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