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International law alone cannot end child labor. The complex economic, cultural and social causes of child labor cannot be addressed solely, or even primarily, through legal means. This can be seen from the activities of the International Program on the Elimination of Child Labor (IPEC), where some of its programs, which address the causes as well as the manifestations of child labor, have succeeded in ending patterns of exploitative child work. It can be said that international law developments have influenced the campaign to end exploitative child labor. This evidence is not uniformly positive but on balance demonstrates an impact. The collection of new standards in relation to trafficking of persons, including children trafficked for sexual exploitation and forced labor, raises issues of international cooperation. Some of the relevant standards require states to cooperate to prosecute and punish traffickers, but these obligations are defined in general terms.

Keywords: forced labor; International Law; IPEC; sexual exploitation



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