Human Trafficking & Modern-day Slavery
Bulgaria & Greece
Human Trafficking Scheme from Bulgaria Busted in Greece
Sofia News Agency, August 16, 2012
[accessed 17 August 2012]
Police in Greece have cracked a network for human trafficking from Bulgaria, in which Bulgarians were forced to beg.
The undisclosed number of Bulgarians were held in an apartment in the central Greek city of Larissa.
The Bulgarians were among the country's poor, and were lured with promises for work in Greece. After that, they were forcefully held, were made to beg in various European countries, and were severely beaten at each attempt to escape.
Greek police discovered the network, after a 58-year-old male Bulgarian was hospitalized after being abandoned outside the city following such a beating.
Romanian Premier Interviewed in 'Le Monde'
Radio Free Europe/Radio
[accessed 5 February 2011]
 ROMANIAN PREMIER INTERVIEWED IN 'LE MONDE' - Prime Minister Adrian Nastase said in an interview to the French daily "Le Monde" on 2 August that Romania finds itself in an "extremely delicate and difficult situation" as a result of the Romany criminal networks allegedly engaging in human trafficking and forcing handicapped children into begging in France.
Guinea-Bissau-Senegal: On the child trafficking route
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks IRIN, Bafata, 23 November 2007
[accessed 8 March 2015]
Children, brought from
- In 2004, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimated there were up to 100,000
child beggars in
Leanbh - Protecting Begging Children
The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children ISPCC Services
At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]
[accessed 6 September 2011]
THE DANGERS OF BEGGING - · Children who are abandoned to beg or forced to beg with parents (sometimes from early infancy) represent a clear-cut child protection issue.· Such children are often deprived of their constitutional right to education. They are exploited, demeaned and have their human dignity assaulted. They are out in all kinds of weather placing their health, physical, emotional and psychological development at risk.
Human trafficking: The faces and sorrow at the heart of a UN report
UN News Centre, 13 February 2009
[accessed 21 February 2011]
Anna (not their
real names) was beaten throughout her childhood in
Ana spent five years begging in Poland before she managed to escape and was returned to Moldova by the local police.
'Rat people' forced to beg on
Agence France-Presse AFP,
[accessed 19 August 2014]
Outside a Muslim shrine in this dusty Pakistani city, a "rat woman" with a tiny head sits on a filthy mattress and takes money from worshippers who cling to an ancient fertility rite. Nadia, 25, is one of hundreds of young microcephalics -- people born with small skulls and protruding noses and ears because of a genetic mutation -- who can be found on the streets of Gujrat, in central Punjab province. Officials say many of them have been sold off by their families to begging mafias, who exploit a tradition that the "rat children" are sacred offerings to Shah Daula, the shrine's 17th century Sufi saint.
According to local legend, infertile women who pray at Shah Daula's shrine will be granted children, but at a terrible price. The first child will be born microcephalic and must be given to the shrine, or else any further children will have the same deformity. Hussain said Nadia was just a young child when she was dumped at the shrine 20 years ago in the dead of the night. Her parents were never traced, he says.
"Some of these children, the handicapped ones especially, are accompanied by relatives," he told AFP. "But begging gangs also look for poor parents who will sell them because they are a burden to feed and shelter." Sohail said his department had busted more than 30 gangs across the province involved in exploiting street children, some of which had broken the limbs of children so that they would earn more as beggars. - htsc
The Department of Labor’s 2004 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor
[accessed 21 December 2010]
AND NATURE OF CHILD LABOR -
GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND PROGRAMS TO ELIMINATE THE WORST FORMS OF CHILD LABOR - In March 2004,
the government participated in a workshop in
Human-Trafficking Of Children In Tak Province
Pattaya Daily News, 29 March 2007
[Last accessed 29 December 2010]
On a monthly basis,
a small number of children vanish. These children, according to Thongsuk, are forced into working as beggars, labourers and prostitutes in
Some of the schemes that the immigrants perpetrate are: selling their children, luring some away and stealing others, even hiring out babies for 20 Baht daily to be used as fronts for begging.
Children in Poor Countries Need Help
International Herald Tribune, July 29, 2010
[accessed 4 December 2011]
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