Santa Ana police arrested Diane, left, Maricel, center, and Ruby for possession of Rugby glue and locked the three gang members inside a cramped cell for two weeks before transferring them to Maa City Jail. In comparison to boys, fewer street girls are arrested for petty offenses such as theft or substance abuse. Many of them, however, seek companionship and protection in gangs which often expose their members to violence, drugs, and confrontations with the police. It is clear that the streets of Davao City are becoming increasingly dangerous for children who do not feel safe at home and instead, turn to the streets for a place of refuge.

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