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Haitian kids on the streets again

Haitian children are back on the streets of the National District. Yesterday morning, Wednesday 16 October, some twenty children were seen begging along Abraham Lincoln Avenue. This is one method of child exploitation that so far has slipped past the Dominican authorities, despite the fact that on countless occasions they have established that they belong to organized networks, many without mothers or fathers, which send them on to the streets and upon returning to their houses where they sleep, they take away the money. The invasion of the streets creates an unsafe situation for the kids. On 14 September a young Dominican man washing windows was shot dead by an irate driver at the intersection of Sarasota and Jimenez Moya avenues.

The children are also vulnerable to risks like traffic accidents, beatings from older beggars, hunger and dehydration.

In August 2012, the National Council for Children and Adolescents (Conani) declared that it had “rescued” some 90 Haitian children who were forced to beg on the streets in several parts of the country and that they were working on a process to return them to their parents. In May this year another 58 Haitian youngsters who begged on the streets, were also rescued from an alleged gang based in Los Alcarrizos.

Source: DR1

Category: DR News |

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