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Samoa among countries with ‘worst forms’ of child labour: report

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Samoa has been named as one of the countries with some of the “worst forms of child labour” by the United States Bureau of International Labour Affairs.

The finding is contained in a six-page report released last September. A copy of the report highlights the fact that children in Samoa perform “dangerous tasks” such as street vending at all hours of night and day, Samoa Observer reports.

“In 2016, Samoa made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labour,” the report reads.

“The Government ratified two United Nations optional protocols on child labor and increased funding for the Samoa School Fee Relief Grant Scheme to enhance access to basic education for all children.

“In addition, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Labor endorsed the findings of a study that provides information on children working on the streets in Apia, Samoa.

“However, children in Samoa perform dangerous tasks in street vending.”

According to the Bureau of International Labor Affairs, the Samoa Government lacks a mechanism to coordinate interagency efforts to address child labor.

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