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  1. The children's champion

    Posted Jul 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Even before moving to Thailand, Malina Zlatkova Enlund had heard stories about children being subjected to sexual abuse and then sold to human ... of several safe houses for trafficked and sexually abused children in Cambodia in 2009. She has since helped put together a collection of victims' stories called For Their Tears I Died, ...

  2. Right balance vital to safeguard our children

    Posted Feb 05th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Striking a balance between protection of children and the rights of sex offenders who have paid their debt to society can be a difficult task. Yet Hong Kong's current system provides hardly any safeguards to shield children from sexual predators in child-related occupations. The Law Reform Commission makes the point that societies which have introduced comprehensive defensive ...

  3. Children forced to work in factories

    Posted Jul 30th 2005, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan Children as young as 13 years old were sent to work in sweatshop factories in Dongguan, Guangdong under 'summer job' schemes backed by their parents ... to be technically legal because the parents signed waivers saying they would not ask for compensation if their children were injured in the workplace. According to the CCTV report, teachers brokering ...

  4. Protesting children bought off with gifts

    Posted Jan 29th 2004, 12:00am by Carrie Chan

    ... Carrie Chan About 25 children held a protest against welfare cuts outside the Social Welfare Department headquarters in Wan Chai yesterday, but seemed confused about their mission. The young protesters were chanting slogans such as 'Senior officials know nothing about the community's difficulties and ignore children's welfare', but became jubilant when ...

  5. Help the children

    Posted Jul 25th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a second'- is organised by young envoys of the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef). According to Unicef, about 1.2 million children are being exploited each year by adults around the world. Child trafficking, which is common in the poor regions of Africa and Asia, has become big business, generating US$10 billion every year. Many children are forced into prostitution, while others ...

  6. Complaints about helper agencies rise

    Posted May 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... a maid with childcare experience, only to discover that the woman's experience was in looking after elderly people. The maid had claimed to have looked after children for four years, but the employer soon learnt that she did not even know how to hold a baby, and on one occasion she mixed raw eggs into the children's food. The maid also had a disability affecting her fingers, ...

  7. Out of line

    Posted Jul 27th 2008, 12:00am by Mark Footer

    ... On July 15, she took her two children, aged 10 and five, to queue outside the To Kwa Wan branch of the Bank of China (Hong Kong) from 8am until mid-afternoon to get their hands on commemorative Olympic banknotes. According to reports, she was not the only parent to encourage their offspring to endure a long wait in the steaming heat for - well, as it turned out, nothing, because children ...


    Posted Jul 25th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... trafficking is often related to paying off debts. In Europe, children are mainly trafficked from east to west, reflecting the demand for cheap labour and prostitution. In 2004, there were 218 million child labourers, excluding those involved in domestic work. About 126 million children aged five to 17 are believed to be engaged in dangerous work. An estimated 12,000 Nepalese children, mainly ...

  9. Labour pains

    Posted Aug 15th 2006, 12:00am by Amrit Dhillon

    ... New legislation in India bans the employment of children, but there are doubts over how effective the latest clampdown will be, writes Amrit Dhillon Savitri's day begins at 6am when she makes tea for the whole family, warms up milk for the two young children, packs their school lunch and gets them dressed and makes breakfast. The rest of the day is spent cooking, washing ...

  10. Hong Kong would grind to standstill without hard-working helpers

    Posted Jan 24th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... during which they will have washed one or two cars, walked the dog, bathed, dressed and packed lunches for the children of the household and served the family breakfast. She then gets the children to school, shops for meals and does the cleaning, laundry and ironing. Picking the children up from school she ferries them to various lessons for several hours. Returning home, she ...




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