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Street Children: A Comparative Perspective

NCJ Number
Child Abuse & Neglect Volume: 23 Issue: 8 Dated: August 1999 Pages: 759-770
K. J. Lalor
Date Published
12 pages
This article examines the findings from studies of street children in Ethiopia.
The article compares Latin American and Ethiopian street children in terms of gender, age, reasons for going to the streets, family relations and structure, delinquency, drug use, groups and the outcomes of street life. In particular, it examines the victimization of street children in Ethiopia. More than half of the street boys had been “regularly” physically attacked. Street life was also highly victimogenic for street girls; 44 percent had been raped and a further 26 percent had been sexually attacked. The article notes similarities between Latin American street children and their Ethiopian counterparts regarding gender, background and street life experiences. It was not possible to compare victimization of street children, as the issue is relatively unexamined in the Latin American context. Tables, references


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