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Street children in Yemen, caught between selling drugs and sex slavery

Many children in the poorest country in the Middle East are exploited by unscrupulous employers or end up in prostitution. The absence of policies geared towards the family and the state’s lack of interest in children’s fate increase the sense of abandonment.

Sanaa (AsiaNews/Agencies) – More than 30,000 street children in Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, suffer from marginalisation, degradation, lack of schooling, and the daily struggle for survival that often sees them end up as drug couriers or dealers or sex slaves in the case of girls, this according to a new study by a government agency, the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood (SCMC), that looked into the plight of Yemeni children.
The study presents a shocking picture. Migration to the cities, poverty, unemployment, high fertility rates, lack of social services, and the lack of support for the po


Added: Jul-10-2008 
By: Charles_Martel
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