Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports


2022 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2022, Serbia made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The Center for the Protection of Trafficking Victims conducted trainings for educators, healthcare workers, and other social protection authorities on identifying potential victims of human trafficking. The government also approved the 2022 Plan to Protect Street Children in Situations of Violence, Neglect, and Exploitation, which defines hazardous street labor for children and sets guidelines for coordination between the Centers for Social Work, the Labor Inspectorate, the Basic and Higher Public Prosecutor's Offices, and educational and health institutions. However, children in Serbia are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking, and forced begging. Children also perform 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 with cases, which limits efforts to provide services to survivors of child labor.

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