Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Western Sahara

2022 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2022, Morocco made moderate 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 with the same constitution, laws, and structures as in internationally recognized Morocco, including laws that deal with child labor. During the reporting period, the Moroccan government drafted a national strategy against human trafficking and developed a guide to help government ministries identify trafficking victims. However, children in Western Sahara are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in forced domestic work and commercial sexual exploitation. Additionally, the Labor Code's minimum age for work provisions do not meet international standards as children 15 years of age and under are not protected when working in traditional artisan and handicraft sectors. Furthermore, the scope of government social programs is insufficient as they do not fully address children exploited through domestic work and commercial sexual exploitation.

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