The Secretariat for Childhood, Adolescence and the Family had to assist cases of sexual violence and child abuse, abandonment and neglect of relatives last year.
Also in 2016, the number of street children
"Almost double, 325 children identified constantly on the road,
some appear in the evenings or at certain times", said a statement sent
to Fides by the heads of the technical area of the Secretariat.
Experts have highlighted the importance of a law to establish the figure
of a Child Advocate: "Lawyers for minors, criminal defenders and
alternative measures to imprisonment are needed".