In 2016, Timor-Leste made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The Government passed the Law to Prevent and Fight Against Human Trafficking and the National Commission against Child Labor finalized a National Action Plan Against Child Labor. In addition, the Government reestablished the Inter-Agency Trafficking Working Group. However, children in Timor-Leste perform dangerous tasks in agriculture. Children also engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation. The Government has not approved a decree specifying the occupations and activities prohibited for children, which leaves children vulnerable to engagement in hazardous work. In addition, limited financial and human resources hinder inspectors and investigators from enforcing laws related to the worst forms of child labor, especially in more remote areas of the country.
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