Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports


2019 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2019, Serbia made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. During the reporting period, the government implemented the Law on Simplified Hiring of Seasonal Labor in Certain Economic Areas to regulate seasonal work, including in agriculture where child labor occurs. The City of Belgrade also opened a shelter to provide services to street children. In addition, the government identified 21 child trafficking victims and 32 child labor violations. However, children in Serbia engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in forced begging and commercial sexual exploitation, each sometimes as a result of human trafficking. 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, which limits efforts to provide services to victims of child labor. In addition, investigations and prosecutions of child labor crimes significantly decreased in 2019 compared with 2018.

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