Peru government vows to fight Shining Path’s child kidnappings

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On Tuesday Minister of Women’s Affairs Ana Jara said the government would strengthen laws and penalties against terrorist groups that abducted and indoctrinated children.

Currently the law, she said, dictates that involving children or the elderly in drug trafficking or terrorist activities, is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

These sanctions, she said, should be heavier.

“If we talk about groups that indoctrinate children, and deprive them of their childhood, making them vulnerable, or using them as cannon fodder, the penalties should be harsher, and without any type of penitentiary benefit,” Jara was quoted as saying by RPP.

Jara’s announcement comes days after three children were rescued from a terrorist training camp in the jungle area known as the Vraem.

>On Monday, teachers working in the province of La Convención, in Cusco, also warned that >children were being trained by Shining Path remnants in the area.

“They come on Saturdays, teach the children their philosophy and then they leave, they always do this,” one teacher was quoted as saying by El Comercio.

On Tuesday Minister of Women’s Affairs Ana Jara said the government would strengthen laws and penalties against terrorist groups that abducted and indoctrinated children.

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