"Why is sleeping child in the hands of beggars? Have you ever wondered ... "
This article I read a few months ago. Who is the author of, I don't know.
""Near the metro station sits a woman of uncertain age. Women’s hair is confused and dirty, her head bowed in grief. The woman sits on the dirty floor and next to her lies a bag. In that bag people throw money. On the hands of a woman, asleep, is a two year old baby. He's in a dirty hat and dirty clothes.
“Madonna with baby” - numerous passers-by will donate money. The people of our kind- we always feel sorry for less fortunate. We are ready to give unfortunate people the last shirt, the last penny out of your pocket and never think another issue.
Helping, seems like. “Good job done”...
I walked past a beggar for a month. Did not give any money, as I knew that this is a gang operated scam and money collected by the beggar will be given to whoever controls beggars in the area. Those people own numerous luxury properties and cars. Oh and beggar also gets something, of course “ A bottle of vodka in the evening and a döner kebab”. A month later, walking past the beggars, as shock, it suddenly hit me….
I'm staying at a busy crossing, stared at the baby, dressed as always- dirty track suit. I realized that it seemed "wrong", finding a child in a dirty underground station from morning to evening. The baby slept. Never sobbed or screamed, always asleep, burying his face in the knee of a woman who was his MUM. Read more..
DO NOT GIVE MONEY
You may think you are helping a mother feed her young ones. If so, think about these issues.
A - Thousands of babies are abducted everyday for the begging "business".
B - Many babies are mutilated and disabled for life to extract sympathy from onlookers.
C - Almost of all of these babies are drugged and incapacitated while being taken out on "business".
D - A mother will seldom use her children to get alms from someone else. Most of these babies are "rented" on a daily basis from cartels.
E - Not even a paisa of what you give will reach these hapless babies.
STOP giving money to anyone carrying a baby. Put a stop to this begging with baby business. Put an end to kidnapping and child abuse.
Hoax or Fact:
The message claims that beggars on the busy streets and subways operate in gangs, and to cash people's sentiments - they even hire babies and drug them to sleep. It is a fact, it has happened and is happening in few places around the world.
Begging Scandal with Infants
Begging with infant children in their arms has been an old technique of beggars to cash the sentiments of people. The adult beggars, mostly the mothers, actually make the babies look pathetic so that they will appeal to the sympathy of public. It is sad to know that even infants under the age of 3 are used as begging tools. And unfortunately, some latest credible reports say that this begging business with children has turned into a scandal, where the infants are even drugged for days.
The infants are drugged for two reasons - it makes adult beggar’s work easier, and also succeeds to earn from the sympathy of unsuspecting public. In such cases, the adult beggar is not even the actual parent of the child, the child is in fact hired - rented on a day to day basis. It was shocking to learn that the infants were given doses of depressants like cough syrups, sleeping tablets and even injected with narcotic substances. The adult beggars take these drugged babies in alms and carry out their begging business throughout the day, under hot sun and extreme weather. Under the influence of these drugs, the children sleep for days and end up dying sometimes.
Child Trafficking for Begging Business
Reports say that there is a significant link between child begging and child trafficking. In many places, small children are even trafficked across countries for these purposes of benefit fraud, begging and theft. There are few instances when surprisingly large begging rackets were busted. The begging business with children is operated in gangs, some of which are even controlled by mafia. The high profile gangs exploit the beggars, also using the hapless kids, who are even mutilated and disabled by the gangsters sometimes. The less privileged beggars do it for the sake of food and money. There are also reports that if the beggars do not earn well using the babies, they will be beaten up by their ‘guardians’.
Consequences of Encouraging Child Begging
When you find a lonely mother on streets with a sleeping baby in her arms, you may sympathize with her and simply lend a helping hand in the form of some money. But you may be missing to see the broader picture behind that child's fate. There can be more more complicated issues going on behind their cute faces and pathetic clothes, and unknowingly you may in fact be doing them harm by encouraging begging.
When you give money to those begging kids on street, you are in fact paying them to not be in school. Their parents too get used to this money their child earns from begging, and encourage begging and other crimes - spoiling the future of the child. Begging discourages the parents to make honest efforts of finding a good work, and it comes to be regarded as work. This way begging has become a legacy for majority of families involved in the 'business'. The parents train their children and engage them into begging and even crimes like stealing. Unfortunately, that is the kind of education they give their children. And this legacy goes on, making begging families into groups and then gangs. In these cases, the money you offer out of sympathy can also go to criminal gangs that run the operation from behind the scenes.
What You can Do
Simply giving money to the child beggars and their mothers on streets will not help solve the issues with them. If you really want to help those less fortunate kids, provide them a better solution, like offering shelter of the government or NGO organizations. One such global organization working to deliver change for children is Save the Children.
Don’t give that child a dollar