Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports


2021 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2021, Togo made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government created a new National Commission Against Trafficking in Persons and passed a new Labor Code that strengthened enforcement mechanisms. In addition, the government waived school fees for the 2021–2022 school year for all secondary school students due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, children in Togo are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also perform dangerous tasks in domestic work. The government has not devoted sufficient resources to address child labor, and in 2021, the budget for the labor inspectorate declined by nearly 40 percent. In addition, the government does not publish data related to its criminal enforcement efforts with regard to laws on the worst forms of child labor.

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