forced labor in Liberia, Africa

Michelle Yap and Kaela Peterson

What is forced labor? Forced labor: people who are forced against their will under threatening punishment to do work or services. Now, what is human trafficking? Human trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, and the transportation of people within or between countries for exploitation.

Children were engaged in harsh labor. Almost all the health of the children were at risk because of the poor working conditions they have to face everyday. They were placed to work in rubber plantations and in gold mines to do difficult duties, such as rock crushing and heavy workloads. In addition, they work rock-crushing quarries (large, deep pit) and alluvial diamond mines.

Young women and children are affected and are forced to work as street vendors, domestic servants, prostitutes, or beggars. Liberia is a source, transit, and destination country for women and children for sex trafficking and forced labor. Liberia’s economy has been facing unemployment, so the forced labor of children has increased.

Africa is the second highest country where forced labor is occurring and is a problem. Africa has over 3,700,000 slaves or people who are involved in forced labor.

So what can we do to free the victims of forced labor?

Ambassador Deborah R. Malac offered over $100,000 to a local, NGO, Win- Rock Liberia to help stop child labor. They tried to reduce it by speaking out publicly in four countries, such as Montserrado. The government are moving towards completely preventing or eliminating forced labor. The National Children’s Act have intentions to protect children from labor.

The government does have the laws and the necessary institutions to ensure the underage children are removed from jobs or activities that would subject them to hard or forced labor.

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