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Child labour warning

Felix Chaudhary
Monday, June 23, 2014

USING children to beg or to sell food was a form of child labour and parents attending the opening of the Farmers Carnival in Lautoka were warned against engaging their children in the illegal activity.

Divisional police commander West Senior Superintendent Salacieli Navilawasa said they noted an increase in the number of children being used to beg in the Sugar City despite government programs that were implemented to assist the poor and their children.

"Despite the free education system in place, children are still being sent by their parents or guardians to beg on the street in the name of education," he said.

"This indicates that parents are engaging children to meet family commitments which are supposed to be the responsibility of parents.

"For whatever the reason may be, child begging is a form of child labour."

Mr Navilawasa said another example of child labour was children being used to sell roti parcels around the city.

He said children should be at home studying in the evenings and not forced to sell roti parcels or food for their education needs.