Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Western Sahara

2021 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2021, 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 government increased the number of labor inspectors by over 43 percent and launched a new labor inspectorate information technology management system that enabled remote training sessions for inspectors in compliance with COVID-19 pandemic countermeasures. In addition, the government signed eight partnership agreements with local non-governmental organizations in various regions of Morocco to counter the prevalence of child labor. However, children in Western Sahara are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in forced domestic work. The law on minimum age for work does not meet international standards. Furthermore, the scope of government social programs that target child labor is insufficient to fully address the extent of the problem.

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