The Principal Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment Emanuel Lesoma has shown that the ministry will soon be in a better position to develop the second phase of National Action Plan on the elimination of child labour, thereby addressing all concerns from different international bodies on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and worst forms of child labour.
This, Mr Lesoma mentioned during a training session that was organised by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to among others equip labour inspectors with knowledge on basic concepts of TIP.
The workshop which was held in Maseru on Tuesday was also aimed at identifying and referring victims of human trafficking.
The participants were also equipped with tools and guidelines which will enhance the regulation of recruitment agencies and individuals who might be potential traffickers.
The knowledge gained from the workshop according to the PS will enhance the ministry’s ability to foster fair and decent labour recruitment and in turn curb human trafficking.
To mark the landscape on the efforts of the ministry on this matter, the Government has ratified the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention No.182, ILO Convention No.105 on Abolition of Forced Labour as well the Protocol to Forced Labour Convention No.29 both of which are aimed at prohibition and elimination of worst forms of child labour and trafficking in persons for purposes of forced labour and domestic servitude,” he noted.