Theft by Roma Children

in Transnational Crime

In France, a group of Roma were arrested and convicted in court for operating a child trafficking ring where the children were forced to steal.

Criminal justice officials stated in court that child brides were being sold for $270,000 in cash. The value of the child was based upon the child’s ability to steal. One Roma told the court that he was stealing up to $7,000 worth of cash and jewels a month for his parents since he was 13.

(Earnings and profit from the under the table activities.)

Source:  Dan Bilefsky, “Are the Roma Primitive, or Just Poor?,” New York Times, October 19, 2013.

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