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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The hotline for minors provided by the National Board for Children (Pani) by dialing 1147, will be free from mobile phones thanks to an agreement between the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), Claro, Telefonica (Movistar Costa Rica) and GSMA.

    Prior to this agreement, the call was free from landlines ICE only.

    Calls are free for both postpaid and prepaid services, and it is estimated that the service will be available in a month.

    This hotline is a tool for minors to discuss life, abuse, or emotional concerns with specialists trained to handle such calls.

    The hotline has been recognized by the Child Helpline International (CHI), headquartered in Amsterdam-Holland,which is a network organization that has been founded to consolidate and develop hotlines for children and adolescents, especially for the purpose of providing protection and to express their concerns to those responsible for developing policies. As of the end of August 2012, they had 167 members in 136 countries worldwide. (Crhoy)

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