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
2019 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2019, Niger made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The President signed legislation establishing Child Protection Committees in each commune to educate the public on the rights of children and child labor issues. The government also opened the first shelter for victims of human trafficking, which can accommodate children. In addition, the national police detained 242 individuals suspected of human trafficking, dismantling 27 national and 29 international routes for human trafficking and illicit migration. However, children in Niger engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in hereditary slavery and mining. Children also perform dangerous tasks in cattle herding. Although the government made meaningful efforts in all relevant areas during the reporting period, the minimum age for work does not meet international standards as it does not apply to children in unpaid or non-contractual work. Gaps in labor law enforcement also remain, including insufficient funding for labor inspectors to conduct inspections. In addition, social programs to combat child labor are insufficient to adequately address the extent of the problem.

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