350 children rescued from exploitative labor in 2022

350 children rescued from exploitative labor in 2022

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Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- The Moroccan Minister of Economic Integration, Small Business, Employment, and Skills, Younes Sekkouri, has announced that child labor in Morocco is limited and highlighted the government’s efforts to combat it. The statement was made in response to a question raised by the Independent Unity and Equality parliamentary group in the House of Representatives.

According to the parliamentary group, there are 109,000 families with at least one child under 16 years old engaged in child work.

Sekkouri argued that child labor in Morocco accounts for only 2% of the total 7 million children in the country. He stressed that the majority of children’s work is found in rural areas within a family context, performing unpaid work.

Sekkouri said that to tackle the issue of child labor, the ministry has conducted inspections and established 51 inspection points for labor inspectors.

Sekkouri emphasized that the government has also earmarked funds to provide support to organizations committed to rescuing children from labor.

According to the Moroccan minister, a total of 340 children were successfully rescued from exploitative labor in 2022.

The Moroccan Times.