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close this bookAction Against Child Labour (ILO; 2000; 356 pages)
View the documentPreface
Open this folder and view contents1. National policies and programmes
Open this folder and view contents2. Towards improved legislation
Open this folder and view contents3. Improving the knowledge base on child labour
Open this folder and view contents4. Alternatives to child labour
close this folder5. Strategies to address child slavery
Open this folder and view contents5.1 THE PROBLEM OF CHILD SLAVERY
Open this folder and view contents5.2 INTERNATIONAL ACTION AGAINST CHILD SLAVERY
Open this folder and view contents5.3 NATIONAL LEGISLATION AND ENFORCEMENT
Open this folder and view contents5.4 ACTION AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL
close this folder5.5 DEVELOPING COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMMES OF ACTION
View the documentStrategy for action against child bondage
View the documentStrategy for action against child trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children
View the documentBibliography on child slavery
Open this folder and view contents6. Strategies for employers and their organizations
Open this folder and view contents7. Trade unions against child labour
Open this folder and view contents8. Awareness-raising
Open this folder and view contents9. Action by community groups and NGOs
Open this folder and view contents10. Resources on child labour
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5.5 DEVELOPING COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMMES OF ACTION

A few countries have placed forms of child slavery, such as the commercial sexual exploitation of children and child bondage, at the top of their agenda for action and have initiated concrete steps towards its elimination. Several other countries have addressed some aspects of the problem, for example in domestic service, in agriculture and in commercial sexual exploitation.

IPEC helps countries develop comprehensive responses to the problem by adopting a series of interventions at local, national, regional and international level. In a country where the practice has been identified, practical steps can be taken to start action programmes. At the regional and international level, awareness-raising and campaigns to mobilize support for action will be carried out in collaboration with relevant United Nations agencies and other international organizations.

IPEC's focus is on assisting partner organizations at the governmental and nongovernmental level to effectively prevent the problem of child trafficking so that the practice will be totally eliminated. Prevention of the problem is the key solution. Once victimized, the children suffer extreme physical, psycho-social and emotional abuse which results in lifelong and often life-threatening consequences. Simultaneously, support is extended to partner organizations to rehabilitate the child victims, not only because they need urgent help, but also because demonstration projects for the victims are a powerful tool to mobilize societies against the worst forms of child labour.

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