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Prevalence, Abuse & Exploitation of Street Children

In the first decade of the 21st Century                                         

Republic of Singapore

Sierra Leone is an extremely poor nation with tremendous inequality in income distribution. While it possesses substantial mineral, agricultural, and fishery resources, its physical and social infrastructure is not well developed, and serious social disorders continue to hamper economic development. Nearly half of the working-age population engages in subsistence agriculture. Manufacturing consists mainly of the processing of raw materials and of light manufacturing for the domestic market. Alluvial diamond mining remains the major source of hard currency earnings accounting for nearly half of Sierra Leone's exports.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]


CAUTION:  The following links and accompanying text have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in Singapore.  Some of these links may lead to websites that present allegations that are unsubstantiated or even false.  No attempt has been made to validate their authenticity or to verify their content.



If you are looking for material to use in a term-paper, you are advised to scan the postings on this page and others to see which aspect(s) of street life are of particular interest to you.  You might be interested in exploring how children got there, how they survive, and how some manage to leave the street.  Perhaps your paper could focus on how some street children abuse the public and how they are abused by the public … and how they abuse each other.  Would you like to write about market children? homeless children?  Sexual and labor exploitation? begging? violence? addiction? hunger? neglect? etc.  There is a lot to the subject of Street Children.  Scan other countries as well as this one.  Draw comparisons between activity in adjacent countries and/or regions.  Meanwhile, check out some of the Term-Paper resources that are available on-line.


Check out some of the Resources for Teachers attached to this website.

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Human Rights Reports » 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 8, 2006

[accessed 11 February 2020]

CHILDREN - The government demonstrated a strong commitment to children's rights and welfare through well-funded systems of public education and medical care, and access was equal for all children. Six years of public (or government-recognized private) education is compulsory for all children. Virtually 100 percent of children were enrolled through grade 6, and the dropout rate for secondary school was low.

Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 3 October 2003

[accessed 8 March 2011]

[42] The Committee welcomes the adoption of the Compulsory Education Act in 2003 and the wide availability of high-quality education services in the State party.  However, the Committee is concerned that not all children within the State party’s jurisdiction are covered by the Compulsory Education Act or have access to free primary school.

Children and Young Persons Homes

Singapore Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, May 18, 2010

[accessed 14 February 2015]

There are 22 Voluntary Children's Homes providing residential care programmes for children and young persons in Singapore.

They could be:

v  children from dysfunctional families and in need of shelter;

v  children who are abused or neglected;

v  children in need of care and protection;

v  destitute and abandoned children;

v  children who are beyond parental control; and

v  children who are in conflict with the Law.

Community-based Rehabilitation of Juvenile Delinquents

Family & Community Development, 2004

[accessed 18 July 2011]

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

Where juveniles go against the law, programmes are in place in Singapore to help rehabilitate the youths. This rehabilitation, as far as possible, is provided in the community. Family involvement is critical in the successful rehabilitation of juvenile delinquents.

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