Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Serbia

Serbia
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2020, Serbia made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. During the reporting period, the government increased the budget of the Labor Inspectorate and implemented online trainings for labor inspectors. Additionally, the government adopted a Strategy for Prevention and Protection of Children from Violence (2020–2023) and created a Ministry of Family Welfare and Demography, which will allow children's issues to be addressed by a single ministry rather than being split among multiple government ministries. However, children in Serbia remain subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in forced begging and commercial sexual exploitation, each sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also engage in dangerous tasks in street work. Serbia's laws do not treat forced child beggars as victims of child labor, and the country's social welfare centers are overburdened, which limits efforts to provide services to victims of child labor.

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