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Prevalence, Abuse & Exploitation of Street Children

In the first decade of the 21st Century                                                       


In this small, essentially private-enterprise economy, tourism is the number one foreign exchange earner followed by exports of marine products, citrus, cane sugar, bananas, and garments.

Major concerns continue to be the sizable trade deficit and unsustainable foreign debt equivalent to nearly 70% of GDP.

A key short-term objective remains the reduction of poverty with the help of international donors.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

Description: Description: Belize

CAUTION:  The following links and accompanying text have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in Belize.  Some of these links may lead to websites that present allegations that are unsubstantiated or even false.  No attempt has been made to validate their authenticity or to verify their content.



If you are looking for material to use in a term-paper, you are advised to scan the postings on this page and others to see which aspect(s) of street life are of particular interest to you.  You might be interested in exploring how children got there, how they survive, and how some manage to leave the street.  Perhaps your paper could focus on how some street children abuse the public and how they are abused by the public … and how they abuse each other.  Would you like to write about market children? homeless children?  Sexual and labor exploitation? begging? violence? addiction? hunger? neglect? etc.  There is a lot to the subject of Street Children.  Scan other countries as well as this one.  Draw comparisons between activity in adjacent countries and/or regions.  Meanwhile, check out some of the Term-Paper resources that are available on-line.


Check out some of the Resources for Teachers attached to this website.


$30m Social Pact To Help Children

The Reporter, Belize, 15 October 1996

[accessed 6 April 2011]

On Wednesday, the Government and UNICEF set their formal seal of approval upon a five-year master plan that will guarantee access to education for every child in the country, primary health care for every child and broad-based protection from abuse and neglect.


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Human Rights Reports » 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 8, 2006

[accessed 7 February 2020]

CHILDREN – Education is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 15. After finishing primary education, children may enter a secondary school, a government-run apprenticeship program, or a vocational institution. These programs, however, had spaces for only half of the children completing primary school.

SECTION 6 WORKER RIGHTS – [d] In 2003 the Central Statistical Office issued the findings of an ILO study that estimated that 6 percent of children between the ages of 5 and 17 were working, half of them in hazardous work. The study did not include the sizeable population of undocumented minors, many of whom were not in school. The Department of Labor coordinated with police and social services authorities to provide health and other services to undocumented foreign children who worked.

Children in rural areas worked on family plots and businesses after school, on weekends, and during vacations, and were involved in the citrus, banana, and sugar industries as field workers. Children in urban areas shined shoes, sold food, crafts, and other small items, and worked in markets. Adolescent girls, some of whom were trafficked within the country and to and from neighboring countries, worked as domestic servants, and some worked in commercial sexual activities. There were no government-sponsored child labor prevention programs.

Committee on Rights of Child Concludes Consideration of Belize Report on Compliance with Convention

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Committee on the Rights of the Child Press Release

[accessed 6 April 2011]

Regarding street children, the delegation said that the concept of street children in Belize was different from other countries' situation where such children lived in the streets. In Belize, children could be seen walking in the streets even during school hours but they lived in their parent’s homes.

Christian Orphanages - The King's Childrens Home

[accessed 6 April 2011]

[accessed 22 November 2016]

Children who, for no reason of their own, are not able to be cared for by their parents or family members. Children who are abandoned, abused, neglected or orphaned. Children who are in dangerous conditions, either self-imposed or inflicted by others.

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