Street vendors

New laws not the answer to solving Samoa’s child street vendor problems: PM

“We will not be a communist country. We need to use our brains here,” Tuilaepa said.

He was responding to a report on Loop Samoa where police had indicated hope for new laws to help address children selling food and other items and roaming on the streets of Apia late at night.

In the last month, footage emerged of some children under 18 years of age attacking a man who was sleeping on the footpath.

There was also footage of some children fighting in front of a plaza in downtown Apia in broad daylight.