In 2016, Sri Lanka made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The Government raised the compulsory age for education from 14 to 16. For the first time, the Department of Labor targeted for inspection establishments with a high risk of hazardous child labor. The Government also collected data for the Child Activity Survey during the reporting period. Children in Sri Lanka perform dangerous tasks in domestic work. Children also engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation. There are no laws regulating employment in third-party households, which leaves children ages 14 to 18 employed as domestic workers vulnerable to exploitation. Children also face barriers to education, including lack of transportation and inadequate number of teachers.
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