Lottery agents stop using children

Lottery agents across Colombo have taken seriously an appeal from the National Lotteries Board (NLB) last month to stop recruiting children to sell tickets. The NLB appeal has succeeded to such an extent that the agents are not allowing children to sell even tickets marketed by other lottery companies. The NLB plea came in the same week that UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy visited Sri Lanka to urge Tamil rebels to stop recruiting children. In the picture is Ajit Bandara, 22 years from Rajagiriya, who with his younger brother sells sweep tickets for a living. Bandara’s parents are both dead and the two brothers, who have studied up to the O’ levels, sell tickets from 7 am to 7 pm. “The income is sufficient for us. But the work is hard,” said Bandara who plies his trade on a bicycle. Pic. by Athula Devapriya.

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