Minimal Advancement – Efforts Made but Regression in Policy that Delayed Advancement
In 2016, Sierra Leone made a minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. Despite new initiatives to address child labor, Sierra Leone is receiving this assessment because it continued to implement a policy that delayed advancement in eliminating the worst forms of child labor. Government policy continued to prohibit girls who were pregnant from attending regular public schools or taking secondary and postsecondary school entrance exams during the reporting period, making them more vulnerable to the worst forms of child labor. Otherwise, the National Technical Steering Committee on Child Labor organized awareness-raising programs on child labor for fishing and quarrying communities, as well as on child labor in street vending in the western area of Freetown. Children in Sierra Leone perform dangerous tasks in agriculture. Children also engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in diamond mining and in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as result of human trafficking. Sierra Leone’s laws do not adequately protect children from involvement in hazardous work, and the country has not implemented the national action plan on child labor.
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