how do children on the streets earn money?
A study conducted with the support of Childhope of street girls in Latin America found them working in a variety of settings and occupations -- both on and off the streets -- as peddlers and hawkers, maids, waitresses, dishwashers and prostitutes. Other girls were involved in begging, theft, scavenging in dumps, singing on street corners, carrying bags or luggage and other types of manual labor.
The work of street children is often dangerous and injurious to their physical and mental health. Children who are involved in illegal employment, such as prostitution or drug trafficking, face the danger of violence, sexual exploitation, abuse and exposure to sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS. Children who engage in work such as hauling or scavenging garbage are often cut by shards of glass and metal.