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Children being caged to keep the streets clean for the Pope

Children being caged to keep the streets clean for the Pope

It is expected that six million people will attend an open air mass conducted by Pope Francis in Manila on Sunday. But before the Pope arrives, the street children are being rounded up and detained in the most shocking conditions.

The Mail Online reports: Street children as young as five are being caged in brutal detention centres alongside adult criminals in a cynical drive to smarten up the Philippines capital ahead of a visit by Pope Francis this week.

Hundreds of boys and girls have been rounded up from doorways and roadsides by police and officials and put behind bars in recent weeks to make the poverty-racked city more presentable when Pope Francis arrives tomorrow, a MailOnline investigation has found.

In a blatant abuse of the country’s own child protection laws, the terrified children are locked up in filthy detention centres where they sleep on concrete floors and where many of them are beaten or abused by older inmates and adult prisoners and, in some cases, starved and chained to pillars