Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Togo

Togo
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2020, Togo made moderate advancement in its efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government adopted a National Action Plan for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor and passed a ministerial decree, which defined and prohibited hazardous work for children under 18 years old. In addition, the government intercepted 250 children at risk of human trafficking at the border and provided them social services. 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 engage in child labor in domestic work. The government has not devoted sufficient resources to combat child labor, and labor inspectors are not authorized to assess penalties for child labor violations. In addition, the government does not publish data related to its efforts to criminal enforcement of child labor laws.

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