Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Zambia

Cattle
Cattle
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Cotton
Cotton
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Gems
Gems
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Stones
Stones
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Tobacco
Tobacco
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Zambia
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2020, Zambia made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government significantly increased funding for its labor inspectorate and finalized its second National Action Plan for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor. It also reinvigorated key coordinating bodies, including the National Steering Committee on Child Labor and the National Coordinating Committee for Children. However, children in Zambia are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in agriculture and commercial sexual exploitation, each sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also perform dangerous tasks in agriculture. The Education Act does not specify a compulsory education age, and human trafficking laws do not meet international standards because they require threats, the use of force, or coercion to establish the crime of child trafficking. In addition, labor inspectors do not routinely inspect non-registered businesses in which child labor is known to occur.

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