Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Western Sahara

2019 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement

In 2019, Morocco made a minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The Kingdom of Morocco claims the territory of Western Sahara and administers the area that it controls by the same constitution, laws, and structures as in internationally-recognized Morocco, including laws that deal with child labor. The government adopted Law 51.17, which requires the government to enact compulsory education for children between the ages of 4 and 16 by 2025 and significantly increased the number of prosecutions related to the worst forms of child labor. However, children in Western Sahara engage in the worst forms of child labor, including forced domestic work. Children also engage in child labor in producing artisanal handicrafts. Laws related to the minimum age for work and the use of children for illicit activities do not meet international standards and the scope of government programs that target child labor is insufficient to fully address the extent of the problem.

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