UK The secret lives of Britain's child beggars

19 Oct 2011 begging street activities child begging forced begging

BBC Panorama’ filmed young children begging as they worked the streets during last winter’s snow, sleet and rain. Over the course of almost a year, all of the child-begging teams working the streets of London which were investigated by Panorama turned out to be Gypsies from Romania. Christine Beddoe, UK director of ECPAT, said forcing them to work the streets of London is denying them their childhood. “It means that they are denied an education, they’ll have nutrition issues, health issues”, she said. In Britain, the police often stop the begging teams on the streets, but generally just take their details and let them go.

The full program can be viewed on youtube

Source : BBC Panorama

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