Money sought to combat Pacific child labour - ILO

7:11 pm on 27 March 2017

Sourcing extra funding is critical for efforts in Papua New Guinea to stop child labour and trafficking, according to the International Labour Organisation.

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Photo: RNZI / Koro Vaka'uta

With ILO support, the government has now launched its national action plan on child labour which - including child trafficking and prostitution - is extensive in PNG.

The director of the ILO's Pacific regional office, Donglin Li, visited PNG this month as the government launched its national action plan to eliminate child labour.

Mr Li said the government had already taken initial steps towards establishing a Child Labour Unit, but that it lacked a sufficient budget

He says it was similar moves to counter child trafficking in the country, which is a significant problem.

"Because when you do something in PNG, you need money, you need a budget. So from ILO side, we are trying to find a budget from our own to do something for PNG to protect it from this kind of trafficking activities."

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