The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection Julia DucannCassell, has urged parents to take their children off the street, saying children are not bread winners for the family.
Minister Cassell said the Ministry in collaboration with the Monrovia City Cooperation has started a campaign to send teams in various communities to advise parents to stop sending their children in the streets to sell.
Speaking to UNMIL Radio on Tuesday, January 10, she said the aimed is to caution parents about the danger involved in sending a child in the street to sell. “The children can be all between the cars, and it is very dangerous for those babies to be all in the streets between cars to sell”, she lamented.
She also warned taxi drivers and passengers to stop buying from child selling in the street especially, children, who run to vehicles with their wares when the traffic is on. Minister Cassell said efforts have been applied before in getting children off the streets, but parents still send them back, so working in collaboration with the MCC,street children will be arrested especially,kids between ages 4 and 14 when caught selling between moving vehicles.
Meanwhile, the Gender boss has admonished parents to stop sending their children in the street at an early age to become bread winners as this exposes them to risks, disclosing that a lady identified as SiahTamba met her early death in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County few days ago because she was a sex worker.
By Ethel A Tweh-Editing by Jonathan Browne