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Child exploitation in China and Sri Lanka


The ‘Island’ of 19/8 carried a rather disturbing account  titled ‘China’s Child Modelling Industry Booms’ describing how cash hungry parents exploit their childreb to glamorize them for cat walking at fashion shows.

I am saddened that this tendency is increasingly prevalent in Sri Lanka. This can be seen in the endless [and sadly popular] TV dance competitions for child ‘stars’ – endlessly rehearsed by ambitious parents.

I have written earlier, to no effect, to The Island and the Child Protection Authority about the employment of child ‘actors’ in TV and other media.


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