Morocco curbing use of child labor

RABAT, Morocco — The country has made progress in reducing the number of girls working as domestic servants but much more needs to be done, Human Rights Watch reported Thursday.

Tens of thousands of girls under the age of 15 are still working as domestic servants in Morocco, and they are subject to abuse and poor conditions and have no legal protection, the group said. However, its research says their number is less than seven years ago, due to efforts to raise awareness and enforce labor laws.


‘‘The government says the amount of child labor has declined and school enrollments have increased,’’ said Jo Becker, the group’s child advocacy coordinator.

The US-based rights group was following up on its 2005 study that found some 86,000 girls were working as maids in violation of the law.

Associated Press

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