Child Begging in Asia

in Transnational Crime

The United States Department of State reported that the operator of an organized child begging ring can make up to $40,000  a year in Shenzhen, China. An organized child begging ring involves children who are forced to beg for money in popular  locations. Begging ring coordinators prefer to use disabled children in order to collect more money. The trafficker in charge of the ring collects the money from the child beggar. In Saudi Arabia, it was reported that an organized child begging ring can make up to $15,000 a  month.

It has been reported that in India, doctors would be paid $200 in order to amputate a child’s limb for the purpose of begging.

(More earnings from under the table jobs.)

Source:  Jillian Keenan, “Keep the Change: Giving money to child beggars is the least generous thing a tourist can do,” Slate, September 30, 2013.

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