Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Senegal

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Senegal
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2020, Senegal made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. A government initiative to address the COVID-19 pandemic through the "Zero Children" program removed 5,130 children from the streets, many of whom were victims of forced begging. The National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons also finalized its National Action Plan for 2021–2023. In addition, the government created a new coordination mechanism that includes a National Unit for Coordination, Monitoring, and Follow Up of Emergency Protection of Children Against COVID-19. However, children in Senegal are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in forced begging, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also perform dangerous tasks in gold mining. Hazardous work prohibitions do not include domestic work or street work, areas in which there is evidence of potential harm to child workers, and labor and criminal law enforcement agencies lack resources to adequately enforce child labor law. In addition, an overlap of mandated activities among mechanisms to coordinate efforts to address child labor creates confusion and obstructs effective collaboration.

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