Lowering minimum age of the criminal responsibilities

PhotographerKyo Shimizu
PrizeHonorable Mention
CompanyKnK Japan
City/CountryChiba, Japan
Photo Date2013-2016
Entry Description

A House bill was amended last year in the Philippines. The bill lowering minimum age of the criminal responsibilities, age of 15 to 9 is still under discussion in the cabinet. Street children are always at risk of crimes. They survive belonging to a gang group. Kids are protected in the group but they are forced to crime by senior gang members such as selling drugs, snatching, and sometimes murder someone. Juvenile justice system is still under development in the Philippines. Kids are suffered in severe conditions. One girl who was just hanging around outside during midnight caught by police and was pushed in the same cell where youths who committed murder stay. She had stayed there for 7 days and waiting for parents to pick her up. But parents never know where their children go if they became street children.

About Photographer

I've worked for an NGO for 20 years. I have met many children through my job. It is one of my responsibility to tell their situation to the world.