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Prevalence, Abuse & Exploitation of Street Children

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Solomon Islands

The bulk of the population depends on agriculture, fishing, and forestry for at least part of its livelihood. Most manufactured goods and petroleum products must be imported. The islands are rich in undeveloped mineral resources such as lead, zinc, nickel, and gold. Prior to the arrival of Ramsi, severe ethnic violence, the closing of key businesses, and an empty government treasury culminated in economic collapse. Ramsi's efforts to restore law and order and economic stability have led to modest growth as the economy rebuilds.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

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CAUTION:  The following links and accompanying text have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in the Solomon Islands.  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.

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The Department of Labor’s 2005 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor [PDF]

U.S. Dept of Labor Bureau of International Labor Affairs, 2006

[accessed 22 December 2010]

INCIDENCE AND NATURE OF CHILD LABOR - Education in the Solomon Islands is not compulsory, and school fees are high relative to family incomes.

CURRENT GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND PROGRAMS TO ELIMINATE THE WORST FORMS OF CHILD LABOR - The Government of the Solomon Islands has a National Youth Policy to address the welfare needs of youth ages 14 to 29.4283 In order to promote access to primary education, the government has abolished school fees. The government’s efforts to improve teacher training facilities and to provide more materials for schools have been hampered by its limited budget.

Human Rights Reports » 2006 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 6, 2007

[accessed 11 February 2020]

CHILDREN - Most children at the primary school level, where fees were eliminated in 2005, attended school. All medical care for children was free; however, the lack of resources seriously reduced the quality and availability of medical care.

The law grants children the same general rights and protections as adults, and there are laws designed to protect children from sexual abuse, child labor, and neglect. Children generally were respected and protected within the traditional extended family system, in accordance with a family's financial resources and access to services, although some cases of child abuse were reported. Virtually no children were homeless or abandoned.

Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 6 June 2003

[accessed 3 September 2012]

[56] The Committee is concerned that there are children forced to live on the streets and that they are vulnerable to, inter alia, sexual abuse, violence, including from the police, exploitation, lack of access to education, substance abuse, STIs and malnutrition.

Child sex tourism offences in the Pacific

Adapted from: ECPAT International Newsletter, February-March, No. 51,  Fiji Times, 22/4/9

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 19 July 2011]

SOLOMON ISLANDS - CONFERENCE ON CHILD PROTECTION & COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN - The existence of CSEC in the Solomon Islands is beyond dispute.  The case of a Solomon Islands boy being brought to Australia for sexual purposes was presented to the gathering. Further, Sr. Lilian, a community worker in Honiara, discussed the increasing number of street children and prostitutes in Honiara seen in the 20 years she has worked with the Sisters.

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