Silver 2012 Press / Feature Story

Philippine Minors In Jail

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    Sandra Hoyn
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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.

Since 2005 working as freelance photographer, 2009 Media Award Kindernothilfe, 2011 VG Bild-Kunst Scholarship. More information: