Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Sierra Leone

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Sierra Leone
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement

In 2020, Sierra Leone made minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government launched a new National Action Plan Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, and carried out an awareness-raising campaign to promote education access for girls. However, children in Sierra Leone are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in mining and commercial sexual exploitation, each sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also engage in dangerous tasks in quarrying stone and fishing. The types of hazardous work prohibited for children do not cover all sectors in which child labor is known to occur, and the government does not have a sufficient number of labor inspectors to adequately enforce labor laws throughout the country. In addition, Sierra Leone lacks a national policy and social program to address all relevant worst forms of child labor.

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