Children's Day: Don't neglect vagrant kids

15:24, June 01, 2010      

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In China, there are about 1.5 million vagrant children. These children mainly live their lives by begging and scavenging. Moreover, they are gradually becoming a major criminal element. Today is International Children’s Day, let's pay more attention to these kids…

[Who are "vagrant children"?]

The term "vagrant children" refers to minors who are homeless and wander here and there without the custody of legal guardians, fixed incomes or residence. This group tends to be neglected by the public because they are too young and their voices too weak.

[Reasons behind the emergence of vagrant children]

There are multiple reasons that cause children to become vagrants. Some children leave home to earn money because their families are impoverished. [more>>]

[Condition of vagrant children is of concern]

According to China's relevant laws, if a child below the age of 14 years old commits a crime, they will not be punished and only their guardians will be cautioned and ordered to strengthen the education for their children. Children aged 14 years to 18 years who violate the law will be given a lesser punishment. Therefore, taking advantage of these laws, some criminals compel vagrant children to commit crimes so they themselves can escape legal responsibilities. [more>>]

[Human traffickings make them homeless]

Baby girls taken and sold for adoption [Full coverage]

Children without a way home [Full coverage]

[Chinese government and Chinese society have taken measures]

China drafting new rule on protection of vagrant, destitute minors [Full coverage]

Campaign to get kids off streets [Full coverage]

China to teach migrant workers to combat human trafficking [Full coverage]

Chinese city moves to save children, handicapped from beggar gangs [Full coverage]

[Giving them a home]

Number of homeless centers to double [Full coverage]

Forsaken children offered a place in the sun [Full coverage]

Homeless children get hope of shelter [Full coverage]

Happy Children's Day, dear vagrant kids!

By People's Daily Online


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