The Gambia is among 131 countries, non-independent countries and territories profiled on the worst forms of child labor, according to a report released by the United States of America, the Department of Labor (DOL) said on Friday.
According to the DOL, this is the 18th edition of its report on the annual findings on the worst forms of child labor (TDA report).
The ADT report includes an assessment of government actions to advance efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor.
The report highlights the moderate progress made by The Gambia in eliminating the worst forms of child labor, including providing training to those concerned to support child protection.
However, the report found that Gambian children engage in the worst forms of child labor, including commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes through human trafficking and forced begging.
He stressed that the United States government is committed to working with the government and people of The Gambia, in coordination with other international partners, to address the scourge of child exploitation.
“We urge the Gambian government to reinvigorate efforts to tackle the worst forms of child labor and protect those vulnerable to human trafficking as soon as possible. Raising public awareness of specific government actions and inter-ministerial work plans will further enable civil society partners and the public to play a critical role in this important process, ”the report said.
The report adds, “To this end, the United States government, through the Office for Monitoring and Combating Trafficking in Persons (J / TIP), is providing a grant of $ 750,000 ($ 37.1 million). GMD) to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to support The Gambia’s national efforts to combat human trafficking in the country, including human trafficking linked to the worst forms of child labor, and support the progress made by The Gambia towards an effective fight against trafficking in persons.