Rwanda : Child abuse on the rise in Nyanza trading center
The business community in Rurangazi trading center in Nyagisozi sector in Nyanza district is believed to be using children for cheap labor, concerned parents have alleged. T
The parents say that has also increased the number of children dropping out of school and opting for casual jobs within the market and also getting involved in petty thefts.
Some traders have also alleged that the increasing numbers of children in the market place is evident during the evening hours and that is when most of their goods are stolen by the minors since the market stalls are made out of wood and there are no security personnel at that time.
Joseph Musabyimana, the sector official in charge of education, says that the leaders are aware of the development and there is a plan to deal with the issue with the help of parents and teachers.
However, in the meantime, Musabyimana said a fence will be built around the market area, so as to block the teenagers from easily entering the market without any purpose.
He also condemned the traders for not being responsible citizens to take care of the future generation of the community by avoiding such habits that lure children into illicit behaviours instead of seeking an education.
Rurangazi trading center is located in Nyagisozi sector in Nyanza district in the Southern province of Rwanda. Most of the children who frequent the trading center are between the age of 9 and 15 years.