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Australia: Rise in children dumped outside casino

2 February 2009

AUSTRALIA -- As reported by The Sydney Morning Herald: "The number of parents banned from Star City casino after dumping their children outside has doubled in the past year, placing pressure on the State Government to introduce tougher measures.

"Last year, 18 parents were found to have left their children in the casino's car park, food court, foyer and hotel rooms while they gambled.

"On average one child was abandoned every three weeks. The number is up from just nine cases in 2006-07.

"The figures were contained in a report published last month by the Casino Control Authority, the State Government body aimed at keeping the casino free from criminal influence and exploitation..."

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