The Jakarta Post
The Social Affairs Ministry has said about 16,920 children are living on the streets.
While the number is still alarming, the ministry’s general director of social rehabilitation, Edy Suharto, said it had dropped from previous years.
“This is a decrease from 232,894 children in 2006,” he said during a children’s jamboree on Wednesday.
The ministry said they were spread across 21 provinces.
West Java is the province with the largest number of street children in the country as it is home to 2,953 street children. It is followed by Jakarta with 2,570, East Java with 2,701 and Central Java with 1,477. There are 556 and 503 street children in Banten and Yogyakarta, respectively.
Outside of Java, North Sumatra is the province with the most street children with 1,000, followed by West Sumatra and South Sulawesi with 822 and 652 children, respectively.