Out of school and on the streets, 11-year-old Michael risks his life jumping on moving trucks to steal goods. He sells his loot to junk stores, sometimes earning as little as US$0.50 to buy 1kg of rice for his family.
In the Philippines, in the first 8 months of 2018, children as young as 5 committed 7,500 known crimes.
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Under the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act, children aged 15 and above may be detained in rehabilitation homes. The conditions in many of the underfunded homes have been described as “worse than prison”.
Government officials have proposed a Bill that would allow 12-year-olds who have committed a crime to be convicted in court, and for children as young as 9 to be detained in rehabilitation homes.
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