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The Beggar Mafia

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posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 11:51 PM
You better prepare yourself for this one. The article is disturbing beyond belief...

The real Slumdog Millionaires: Behind the cinema fantasy, mafia gangs are deliberately crippling children for profit

So just who would chop off the leg of a healthy child? The boys are victims of India’s so-called ‘beggar mafia’ — criminals so violent and amoral that they are prepared to hack the limbs off children, as well as steal new-born babies from hospitals.

They use the children as begging ‘props’ to maximise their earnings from sympathetic passers-by.


Their suffering comes down to one thing: money. In a country of 1.2 billion people, where the gulf between rich and poor is vast, there are an estimated 300,000 child beggars.

The article continues:

By no means all are mutilated by the beggar mafia, but those with the worst injuries do make the most money — up to £10 a day for deformed children, a fortune in a country where millions survive on just a tenth of that.


‘The more a person is tortured or tormented, the more unfortunate he looks — all this will evoke more sympathy among the people who will then give them alms or gifts,’ he adds.

The shocking truth about the beggar mafia emerged last year. In what was dubbed the ‘arms for alms’ scandal, doctors were filmed by Indian journalists agreeing to cut off the healthy limbs of children for just £100.


One of the most depressing articles I've read in a long time.

Places in perspective how bad things can really get....

See also, Half Of Indian Children Victims Of Abuse, Says Study

[edit on 5-2-2009 by loam]

posted on Feb, 6 2009 @ 02:01 AM
Well it is hard to come up with a reply to your OP, what can be said that is not already apparent?

Quite sad what humans will do to other humans.

Perhapse something as dark and sad as this should be a wake up call, a realisation of how fortunate may of us are in comparison to many others.

posted on Feb, 6 2009 @ 02:27 AM
Something i was told a long time ago was:

Pregnant women would tie a rope tight around there stomach during there pregnancy, so that the baby inside would be born deformed/disbled and that way they would get more money from begging when the baby was born.

What life does a baby have born into that evil.


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