Spotlight on ANPPCAN:
July 2006. Cases of child exploitation continue to be rampant: a case was brought to one of the Child Help Desks where the complainant Washuka, a 14 year old, had entertained guests during a funeral vigil, but those who invited her failed to make payment as agreed. It emerged that she was a member of a local child-dancers troupe. The troupe was routinely hired to entertain audiences in exchange of payment both in cash and in kind. Washuka said that the trade was in demand because they charged a cheaper rate than other professional dancers and would be invited to entertain guests in local weddings, funerals or social gatherings including local bars.
Fortunately, the local chief had been trained through CIRCLE partner ANPPCAN and its Central Child Labor Committee initiative. Other members of the troupe were sought and found and offered counseling services. The team is also trying to access funds through the local Member of Parliament to support these children through skills training. As a result of this exposé, the local administration has outlawed Child Dancing in an effort to deter those who engage child entertainers at the expense of their education, morals and health.