THE Fiji media have been lauded by the International Labour Organisation for raising awareness about child labour and child sexual exploitation and not sensationalising the issue for commercial interests.
Speaking at the launch of the Fiji National Child Labour Forum on Monday, ILO's director South Pacific David Lamotte, said the local media had done a remarkable effort in highlighting the issue of child labour, child sexual exploitation and human trafficking over the past few years.
"Instead of sensationalising the issue, the local media have gone to great lengths to raise awareness that we do have a problem in Fiji and something needs to be done about it," he said.
"Human trafficking involving children has been highlighted in the past few weeks in Fiji and it has to be noted because this would be an emerging and challenging issue to tackle."
Mr Lamotte was speaking to representatives from government departments, non-government organisations, Fiji Police Force, Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation and trade unions attending a three-day forum to discuss issues that remain obstacles in addressing child labour in the country.