Cheated of Childhood: St. Petersburg Street Children| 15mins
Director: Emily Marlow | Producer: Television Trust for the Environment for ILO
Focus Years: 2002 | Country: Switzerland
Once the glittering capital of Russia, the city of St. Petersburg and its magnificent metro stations have become home to a generation of street children who survive by begging, informal child labor or prostitution. The end of communism may have brought many positive economic changes in the lives of ordinary Russians, but it's also led to soaring rates of unemployment, alcoholism and family breakdown - driving children as young as seven to leave home to seek some kind of a living on the streets.