Inspection of places where minors are employed to continue today

Wednesday, 28 July 2021 - 11:13

Nearly 30 places where minors were employed were inspected in the city of Colombo yesterday.

Police Media Spokesman Senior DIG Ajith Rohana stated that the operations were carried out in Modara and Kollupitiya police divisions based on intelligence reports.

The Police Media Spokesman further stated that the relevant operation will be carried out in the police divisions of Colombo today.

A special operation was launched from yesterday in the Western Province to trace underage children who are recruited as domestic servants.

Sri Lanka is also set to toughen its child labour laws by raising the minimum age for employment to 18 years to stop exploitation of children.

The Labour Ministry has also decided to expand the list of jobs considered to be hazardous to children between 16 and 18. The list is to be increased from 52 to 76.

The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) said stringent laws are needed to stop exploitation of children for labour.

The issue of child labour surfaced after the death of a teenaged girl, who was working as a domestic help in a politician's house.

The girl was admitted to a hospital with burn injuries on July 3 while she was being employed as a domestic help in the house of the leader of All Ceylon People's Congress, Rishad Bathiudeen.

Rishad Bathiudeen's wife, father-in-law, brother-in-law and a broker have been arrested after the girl died on July 15.

According to ILO around 40,000 children are working as child labourers, which is about 1% of the school-going child population.