Child Street Life: An Inside View of Hazards and by G.K. Lieten, Talinay Strehl

By G.K. Lieten, Talinay Strehl

This short reports the phenomenon of highway childrens in towns in Peru. It seems to be at a few of the conceptual matters and, after analysing why young children are on the street and what behaviour and which aspirations they convey, bargains with the coverage concerns and classes to be realized. This short investigates whilst and why the transition from youngsters in the street (street-working childrens) to childrens of the road (street residing teenagers) happens and elucidates how they continue to exist. It explains the fluidity and the hazards all in favour of any form of baby road life.

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I know some girls who have been raped by tourists. And it also happened sometimes to me and my sister, almost. We always go to that dark alley to pee and it happens sometimes that some of the boys that hang around here follow us and ask us to be with them. But I always run away if I see them. Thus, although most activities carried out by street-working children are seemingly harmless and relatively easy, the working conditions in which these activities are performed put the wellbeing, health and morals of the children at risk.

Yes, in the street many strange things happen. When asked to name the main perpetrators of violence on the streets, almost half of the street children pointed at the police, the municipal guards and other security forces. The relation that street children have with police on the streets is obviously confrontational and problematic. Children often complained that the police don’t allow them to work, chase them, detain them, maltreat them, insult them or snatch their money. 5 Consequences of Living on the Street 37 on the street and policemen are keen to implement at least this breach of law.

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