A YOUNG MEXICAN GIRL PLAYS WITH HER CHILD IN A STRETCHILDREN SHELTER.
TO MATCH WITH STORY BC-MEXICO-STREETCHILDREN - A 12-year-old girl plays with her one-year-old child in a streetchildren shelter, December 8 in Mexico City. The fate for thousands of Mexican children who flee abuse at home is only to find unthinkable levels of exploitation in the street. Many are trapped into prostitution and drug abuse virtually from the moment they leave home, where they had faced physical, sexual or emotional abuse. Conservative estimates say there are more than 13,000 "street children" in Mexico City, 90 percent of whom become victims of some type of sexual abuse.