Minors Grounded, Prohibited From Working

UN Integrated Regional Information Network, 1 September 2001

The government of Equatorial Guinea has banned all children under the age of 17 years from being on the streets later than 1100 pm and from working, AFP reported on Tuesday, quoting state radio.

The Ministry of the Interior said it took the measure to curb growing levels of prostitution, delinquency and alcoholism among young people. It said adults had been employing children to work in bars and grocery stores and as street hawkers.

Violators will be arrested and parents will be fined between 50,000 and 500,000 francs CFA (US $70 and $700), the radio reported.