The Alola Foundation considers prostitution in the country is flourishing and becoming a social problem that needs to be addressed by the state. Based on research conducted by the foundation from brothels and places prostitutes operate from in 2004, the root causes for women entering a life of prostitution are a lack of money, a lack of job opportunities and a lack of educational opportunities.The Advocacy Manager of the Alola Foundation Alzira Reis urged society not only to look suspiciously at prostitutes but instead to find solutions that address the root social causes of their problems.
In 2013 the National Commission for the Rights of Children (KNDL) will give priority attention to the issues of human trafficking and negligence and will advocate and raise awareness in the community to offer greater to protection to children.The President of KNDL, Commissioner Adalgiza Ximenes, said many programs have been designed over the last four years through promotions, assistance and capacity building programs.
The National Committee on Children’s Rights has started to search for funding to celebrate International Children’s Day held on June 1 each year. National Committee on Children’s Rights (KNDL), Commissioner Adalgiza Ximenes said they needed to submit proposals to international organizations to find funding because the budget from the government for KNDL is very small. She said thegovernment allocated only $100,000 to the Ministry of Justice for the KNDL program this year, with the budget to include salaries for the KNDL staff.
Based on data collected by the Health Information System Department, in 2012 there were 3867 children identified with serious malnutrition in Timor-Leste.
In 2013 the government will send 1.188 young workers to Australia and South Korea to work.According to the Director for Employment at the Secretary of State for Policy on Professional Development and Employment (SEPFOPE), Paulo Alves, the 1.188 workers will be split into two groups, 309 will go work in Australia and 879 will go to South Korea.“Recently a group of business people from Australia came to recruit directly and we hope in November they can go already,” said Director Alves, in Balide, Dili.
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