According to the U.S. State Department, Syrian government forces and affiliated militias are alleged to have used and recruited child soldiers. In 2019, the Syrian Network for Human Rights estimated that regime-affiliated forces had conscripted at least 2,150 children into local militias from March 2011 to September 2018. The government also continues to detain, arrest, and severely abuse child soldiers and other trafficking victims and, as of March 2020, had made no discernible anti-trafficking efforts.
For more information, see the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report and Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. More information on the situation in Syria can also be found in the U.N. Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict’s annual report and country-specific report on Syria.