Earnings of Pickpockets in Barcelona

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In an interview with the BBC, a pickpocket working in the Spanish city of Barcelona claimed that he is able to make up to $6,132 (5,000 Euros) a week by pickpocketing tourists. They take cameras, cell phones and laptops and send them back to Romania where the merchandise is sold on the black market.

There are about 50 Romanian pickpockets working in Barcelona.

(See more income from under the table jobs.)

Source:  Chris Rogers, “Olympics: Pickpockets show off ‘one-second theft’,” BBC News, July 18, 2012.

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