Vagrant rapes homeless girl

HARARE - A 26-year-old vagrant was arrested yesterday for allegedly  raping a 12-year-old homeless girl, police said.

Harare police spokesperson Tadious Chibanda told the Daily News that the man, whose identity they declined to disclose, allegedly raped the homeless girl after luring her to a secluded place in the early hours of Wednesday.

“This justifies why we launched a massive operation to have all children out of the streets. We have some old people who abuse these minors taking advantage that they are homeless,” said Chibanda.

Police in January launched an operation to drive out street beggars which was supported by civil society groups. But the operation was short-lived. But the street children are back.

Rights groups involved in child welfare claim that economic hardships and continued child abuse by guardians drives children into the streets. - Xolisani Ncube

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