Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

South Africa

South Africa
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement

In 2020, South Africa made minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The Government of South Africa increased its Child Support Grant, providing an additional $35 per month on top of the existing $33 per month to low-income recipients with children. However, children in South Africa are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation and forced begging, each sometimes as the result of human trafficking. Labor inspectors are not authorized to assess penalties, and social programs are not sufficient to address the scope of child labor. In addition, barriers to education remain, especially among migrant children who lack proper identification documents.

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