In 2016, Togo made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The Government significantly increased its number of labor inspectors for the third year in a row, identified 246 cases of child labor, and removed 23 children from hazardous child labor. The Government also created a National Domestic Workers’ Trade Union that will combat child labor and protect domestic workers of legal working age. However, children in Togo perform dangerous tasks in agriculture. Children also engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in forced domestic work, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. The Government has not devoted sufficient resources to combat child labor, and enforcement of laws related to child labor remains weak. In addition, Togo's social programs to combat the worst forms of child labor do not match the scope of the problem and rely largely on nongovernmental and international organizations for implementation.
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