In 2016, Pakistan made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. Pakistan ratified the UN CRC Optional Protocol on Armed Conflict, and the Punjab Provincial Government passed legislation establishing 15 as the minimum age for employment and 18 as the minimum age for employment in hazardous work. Balochistan Province passed the Child Protection Act, which mandates the creation of child protection units, which provide for a referral mechanism by which rescued children can be placed in protective custody and obtain rehabilitation services. In addition, Punjab Province launched the Elimination of Child Labor and Bonded Labor Project. However, children in Pakistan engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in forced domestic work and bonded labor in brick kilns. Balochistan Province has not established a minimum age for work or a minimum age for hazardous work in compliance with international standards. Provincial Governments do not have the resources necessary to enforce laws prohibiting child labor, including its worst forms.
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