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Prevalence, Abuse & Exploitation of Street Children

In the first decade of the 21st Century

Republic of China (Taiwan)

Taiwan has a dynamic capitalist economy with gradually decreasing government guidance of investment and foreign trade. In keeping with this trend, some large, state-owned banks and industrial firms have been privatized. Exports have provided the primary impetus for industrialization. The island runs a large trade surplus, and its foreign reserves are among the world's largest. [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

Description: Taiwan

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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 is committed to the rights and welfare of children, and the law includes provisions to protect them. Education for children between 6 and 15 years of age is free, universal, and compulsory, and this was enforced. According to government statistics, 99 percent of school-age children attended primary and junior high school. Children were provided health care under the national health insurance plan.

Homeless problems in Taiwan: Looking beyond legality toward social issues

Li-Chen Chenga & Yun-Sheng Yangb, City, Culture and Society, Vol 1, Issue 3, Sept. 2010

Housing poverty, homelessness, and the transformation of urban governance in East Asian cities

[accessed 8 January 2017]

[pp 165-173]

ABSTRACT - Encouraged by the public policy, citizens in Taiwan have traditionally enjoyed a high percentage of home ownership. Therefore, it has been perplexing and enigmatic to witness the growing homeless population sleeping outside in public areas in recent years. Public actions have been called for to deal with the problem. However, the approach of these public actions has depended on how the problem of homelessness has been defined. This paper presents a historical context of how homelessness has been presented in policy discourses. Further, on the basis of a survey conducted in 2004, this paper describes the profile of the homeless and discusses why the homeless began sleeping on the streets. Finally, an outreach worker narrates his story about working with the homeless in Taipei City, the capital of Taiwan. The paper also includes policy implications in terms of appropriate public actions to be taken in response to the homelessness problem in Taiwan.

High School Students Concerned for the Society

Taiwan Church News (2541)

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

[accessed 28 July 2011]

Since 1994 the "love loaf community development plan" has helped needy people at home and abroad, especially in long term development need areas. These include street children, children in poverty, and child welfare problems that are central to the mission of World Vision.

Southern Office director Chen Ying-chung says that this year the Southern district love loaf program goal for children is 8 million Taiwan Dollars (290,000 Euros) to support Taiwan Aboriginal Children's education, child and youth protection, and the basic "street children" work of the district.

Hope For Children in Action in 1997/98

Hope For Children - At Home & Abroad in 1997/98

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

[accessed 28 July 2011]

ASIA - In Taiwan, HOPE has helped to equip a 'pick-up' van for street children in Taipei.

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