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Morocco: Government Vows to Stop Child Domestic Labor

Following a Human Rights Watch report documenting the tens of thousands of girls employed as domestic workers in Morocco, the government's secretary of state for family, solidarity, and social action stated publicly that Morocco was working on legislation to prohibit employment of child domestics, and creating prevention programs to target regions where the practice is most prevalent.

Human Rights Watch's report documented cases of girls as young as five working 100 or more hours per week, without rest breaks or days off, for as little six and a half Moroccan dirhams (about 70 U.S. cents) a day. These girls are often exposed to physical and even sexual abuse, and denied schooling. Our report held the Moroccan government responsible for neglecting the basic labor rights of children, and made recommendations to improve labor standards and protect children from abuses.

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