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Child beggars still rampant in Senegal despite laws

Child beggars increase in Senegal, rights groups urge enforcement of child protection laws

Child beggars still rampant in Senegal despite laws

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Human Rights Watch and a coalition of 40 organizations in Senegal are calling on the government and police to enforce laws adopted nearly a decade ago that prohibit forcing children to beg.

The groups issued a report Monday that said more than 30,000 Muslim boys who are sent to Quranic schools in Dakar region are exploited by teachers and forced to beg for food and money. The report said in many cases the children live in poor conditions and that since February 2014 at least seven have been killed, according to social workers and child rights advocates who spoke with Human Rights Watch.

The groups said more must be done to make sure the schools that are abusive are held accountable.

Updated : 2021-09-20 12:29 GMT+08:00