No law to protect juveniles

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THERE is no law in place to safeguard juveniles that are being locked up in prisons as they are being given the same treatment as adults.
This was revealed by a Correctional Services officer during an awareness to curb sexual violence, drugs and home brew at St Martin Primary School in Lae, Morobe on Monday.
The awareness was headed by Senior Sergeant Alois Gabuor, officer in charge of community policing with the assistance of the Lae drug squad, sexual offences unit and the Correctional Services.
Corporal Carmel Chandrol from Buimo CS warned students not to get involved in drugs, sexual violence and homebrew because there was no act in place in the prisons to help children under the age of 18.
She said detainees under the age of 18 were considered as juveniles but they were being treated the same way as adults because there was no law to cater for them in prisons.
“I strongly discourage you all to not get into prison because the prison is not a place for children,” she warned.

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