Child welfare agency held 14 youngsters at Palmares

The nation’s child protection agency said that it took into protective custody 14 youngsters during patrols of the Palmares fiesta.

Two youngsters were begging, and six persons younger than 18 were in the bars at the fiesta. Two were drinking, the agency said. Three youngsters were working illegally, the agency said.

The agency, the Patronato Nacional de la Infancia has as many as 10 persons on duty at the Fiestas Civicas de Palamares specifically to provide protection to youngsters, it said.

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