40% Cambodian children live in extreme poverty

The figure could be higher as many children are not registered at birth. Most of them live in rural areas, though poverty is increasing in cities too.

Cambodia
Apr 03 2014, 3:23 PM
40% Cambodian children live in extreme poverty

Millions of children in Cambodia are deprived of health, education, housing and basic protection despite considerable progress the nation has made in the economic sector, an official data has said.

About 40% of child population live in poverty. The figure could be higher as many children are not registered at birth. Most of them live in rural areas, though poverty is increasing in cities too.

Break up in families see children abandoned on streets where they are exposed to extreme risks. For a long time, Cambodia was notorious for the child-sex tourism and sexual abuse of children and child prostitution were widespread.

According to local sources, things seem to have changed with the creation of structures that check trafficking and sexual exploitation of minors, even though it has not been eradicated and continues inconspicuously. Until 2003, paedophiles had roamed freely.

Decisive interventions by various NGOs provided detectives to prosecute paedophiles and several violators have been sent to prison.

Source: Agenzia Fides 

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