Silver / 2012 / Press / Feature Story

Philippine Minors In Jail

  • Photographer
    Sandra Hoyn
  • Profile Page

In the Philippines a law was passed that prohibits the imprisonment of children under 15 years of age. Despite this fact there are still many minors imprisoned in in tiny overcrowed cells under unhygienic conditions. As they are imprisoned together with adults there is the danger of them being sexually abused or becoming victims to violence. The police often arrest suspects without a warrant or even witnesses. Some of them are innocent and imprisoned for little things. Many of the imprisoned youths say that neither parents, people in charge or social workers are informed about the arrest. According to the Philippine law, all prisoners are to be presented to the custodial judge immediately after being arrested, but they are often imprisoned for a long time without even a court hearing.

Sandra Hoyn studied photography at the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg, Germany, graduating in 2005. She started working as a freelance photojournalist for magazines, NGOs and on her personal projects, concentrating on social, environmental and human rights issues. She worked in various countries in Asia, Africa and Europe.

In 2015, she received World Press 3rd prize, category nature singles. In 2014, she was selected by LensCulture as one of the Top 50 Emerging Talents. In 2013, she received the Henri Nannen Award.