Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Sierra Leone

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Sierra Leone
2018 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement – Efforts Made but Continued Policy that Delayed Advancement

In 2018, Sierra Leone made a minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. President Bio and Vice President Jalloh together with officials from ministries, departments, and agencies, donated 3 months of their salaries to eliminate school fees for more than 2 million students in primary and secondary education. International donors provided the bulk of funding support to implement the government's free quality education program. Despite this initiative, Sierra Leone is receiving this assessment because it continued to implement a policy that delayed advancement in eliminating the worst forms of child labor. The government continued to prohibit girls who were pregnant from attending regular public schools or taking secondary and post-secondary school entrance exams during the reporting period, making them more vulnerable to the worst forms of child labor. Children in Sierra Leone engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in the mining sector and in commercial sexual exploitation, each sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also perform dangerous tasks in agriculture and quarrying. The country has not implemented its national action plan on child labor.

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