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Binh Dinh (VNA) – Child abuse in central Binh Dinh province rose by 51.7 percent to 132 cases over the past five years compared to the 2006-2010 period, according to provincial police.

Director of Binh Dinh Provincial Police Phan Van Thanh said 65.2 percent of the victims were girls.

Approximately 200 offenders have been arrested, the police noted.

Rapid economic development and urbanisation has increased the migration of people from rural areas to cities which has resulted in increased unemployment, family break-ups, parental negligence and shortage of playgrounds for children.

As direct consequences, there are increasing numbers of school dropouts, child labourers and street children who are at high risk of being subjected to maltreatment.

The provincial police said they will work closely with their counterparts at communal and district levels to intensify activities against child abuse and raise public awareness and legal knowledge about the issue.

Perpetrators of child abuse will be strictly punished, they stressed.-VNA