Beggars using children!

@jazel_juan (15767)
Philippines
May 19, 2009 2:40am CST
i went to our downtown area to buy something this lunch and i was in the vehicle i saw beggars carrying children, they use children to beg, for people to feel pity and give money.. i feel so bad for the children and it seems like those kids are so helpless, i do not even know if the government is doing something to help them,maybe nothing!! and the kids are malnourished! what do you think of these???
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@cvodrey (227)
• United States
20 May 09
If the children are malnourished, then someone needs to call child services so these people can be put in some kind of government program. I understand that they are not intentionally hurting their children, or maybe they are, who knows? But children need to have shelter and food. I'm not going to say that it's sick, it might just be their reality. Which is sad. Should they use their children? Well, if it's going to put food in their kids mouths, then h*ll yes. Our children are our responsibility and we must take care of them by whatever (legal) means possible. Beyond that, there are services that offer some levels of support.
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@cindyhxf (1447)
• China
19 May 09
Hi friend,i saw some beggars who always took kids with them together.i heard most of kids were stole and sold to them .they are using kids as making money tool and they think it is good way to get more money .i am really sorry to know that if it is true.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
20 May 09
yes,do you think we can do something to address these case?
@harryt123 (327)
• United States
19 May 09
I have actually seen this happen in my own city! Not even in the downtown area. A beggar was standing holding a sign alongside with his child holding the bucket in which whoever is passing can give them money. I do feel that is wrong in several cases, a child should not be used to beg, a child's life should be lived happy and carefree and not have to beg people to feel pity on them and give them any change that they might have. The child would be in a safer place being taken care of by a government or in a shelter than in the dangers of the streets where anything can happen. It's a really sad sight to see indeed and I do keep them in my thoughts that they will one day be in a better place and not begging for money on the streets.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
20 May 09
yes, it is so sad but that is reality. these children do not know what happiness is, what school is like, they do not even have toys or have even played in playgrounds!
• Indonesia
19 May 09
I hate when people is using children as a "weapon" to get money, whatever the reason is!! I saw this kind of beggars too, and I think it's dangerous to take those children to the busy street and beg for money. They might get hit by car. It's even worse when those beggars don't give enough nutrition to their children, those poor kids might die miserably :( Do you know that in some countries those kids were kidnapped from their real parents and used as the mean of begging??
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
19 May 09
yes it is crazy they do that, do you know thatt there is a certain place here in our country where parents would push their kids to the street so vehicles would hit their kid and it would look like it was an accident and owners of vehicles would pay! it is scary and pathetic..because of so much squalor and poverty they do that.
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@ebook_freak (1515)
• India
19 May 09
It's a pretty common sight in India. And I hate to admit it, but people are more responsible for this rather than the government. If the people reported this to police or did something beneficial, they could avoid this. But they don't. The children over there might not be poor at all, in another case. Here there are many reports of missing children and almost all of them are kidnapped by beggars. They cut off their limbs or poke the kids eyes so that they get maximum sympathy. I feel very sorry for them. But I don't help them because I know that all the money goes to their 'boss' and they are destined to starve and die. I am really sorry that I can't help them. I have not yet reached a level to do social works. And you should feel sorry too...
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
19 May 09
yes actually it is also very much happening here in the Philippines which is pretty awful.
• India
19 May 09
Oh! You are from Philippines? I didn't check it the profile properly... Anyway do you support me? I mean do you think we should start to respond to this issue?
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
19 May 09
yes i am from Phil..:D well i have been thinking about doing something for them, but then i do not know where and how..you will bump into so many people and might anger some from the high positions..there are stories and issues that some "gangs" and groups of beggars are created by "big people"
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@dhawanbm (3705)
• India
19 May 09
it is a plight of the children fallen into trap of begars they must be rescued!
@boogerman (1548)
• Philippines
19 May 09
Yeah, you are right they must be rescued. I hope the government will take action for that. The people who is behind them should be punished because they use the children to work for them by begging then take all or part of their collection.
@boogerman (1548)
• Philippines
19 May 09
Yeah, you are right they must be rescued. I hope the government will take action for that. The people who is behind them should be punished because they use the children to work for them by begging then take all or part of their collection.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
20 May 09
yes! so true, those who are behind these should be punished but then who are they? its a network of bad works unfortunately
@gcorp09 (940)
• Singapore
19 May 09
I do agree that its really very bad for people using children to beg. These children should be in school studying, and not on the streets begging. However, I do also have heard of these children being kidnapped or sold off to other people, in turn to be used for begging purpose. These people will then do all sorts of bad things to the children, such as to cut off their hand or leg, or to deliberately not let them have food for a few days, to make them look at pitiful as possible. I will say these kids are indeed very pitiful, but if no one reports their situation, they will simply be "poor" all their life and will have to beg...
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
19 May 09
yes, and some people really do have the nerve to do that! you will just wonder how they can get these children and sell them and have them working..tsk tsk.. i do not know what the world has become
@gcorp09 (940)
• Singapore
19 May 09
Yes, I do agree. These people who make use of the children to do the begging are simply inhumane. The children are pitiful, but if no one helps them out of their situation, they will have to spend their whole life begging.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
20 May 09
yes, they will eventually do that their whole lives.
@sjvenden27 (1850)
• United States
19 May 09
Yes its very bad that baggers are using children.. Its not right to use children as bait to get what you want.. regardless if its money, extra space to screw up, or what not.. children are not the wild card that you can pull out to gain something extra.. I really feel for those children. On the other hand the econmy is getting to the point where children are homeless.. The parents for some reason or another do not have anywhere to go.. Homeless shelters are fulling quickly... Not all of those beggers are playing on someone's pity.. Have to remember there are good people out there that just dont have any were to turn.. no family.. no friends... Nothing! So should we just stop helping because of these people using children as bait? I dont think so.. There are some out there that really need the help.. yes we may get scammed or what ever.. it would not be on us then, we tried to help.. also instead of giving money, go to either the local store or fast food place and give them food... if that is truly what they need.. they will thank you for it..
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
19 May 09
yes, it is shame that some parents get to do that to their children..and a shame the country cannot do anything about this..plus our social welfare here is so bad, it is barely existing..or it exists only in the name..tsk tsk
@minnie15 (146)
• United States
21 May 09
That is so sad. Maybe report them to the authorities? I know in the US, child protective services would get involved if it is reported...but I am not sure how other countries are set up.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
22 May 09
our child services is not as effective as yours
@minnie15 (146)
• United States
22 May 09
Do you mind me asking what country you are in?
@chiepao (718)
• Philippines
21 May 09
This is just unfair! Those kids who are so innocent being dragged into that kind of situation is just not right. That's why most of the time, I don't give even a single penny to beggars who use their child for people to pity them. Maybe the government isn't paying too much attention to this matter.. but I hope child protection welfares or agencies should.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
22 May 09
yes so unfair, but then how much can we do about them? to what extent can we common people do for them?
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@chiepao (718)
• Philippines
22 May 09
IMO, the only way we could help them ourselves is by not supporting on what they are doing. Though it hurts to see the children like that, once the giving has stopped they might stop as well and look for a better way. Reporting in the government welfares would also be a help.
• Philippines
20 May 09
I feel the same as you do. And I believe the government should took the responsibility of these beggars. That's the job of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. And that's one of the reasons why we pay our taxes.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
21 May 09
yes but in reality, DSWD is barely doing something...you have to agree to that! lol.. our country's leaders have become to corrupt and too vain and too greedy..
• Philippines
21 May 09
Yeap, DSWD seem to fail to live to what their department should do. But, if we help these children, DSWD won't realize their responsibilities.
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
20 May 09
I think it is sad when beggars use children as bait. I'd probably be a sucker and fall for this tactic, but after knowing a guy that went through this personally when he was just a child, I'm just not comfortable helping beggars out...even when they have kids with them. Because you just never know what the money is going to be used for.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
20 May 09
it is sad and yes we really do not know where the money is going
• United States
20 May 09
Which is why you give food and gently used clothing and shoes in place of money.... there are always options to give to someone in need.
• Philippines
26 May 09
life is a matter of choice and i believe whatever happens to this peeople is what they chose to be in...if government is to be blame then i say we can only blame the goverment so little...we work for our own fate..this beggars doesn't want to work for their living but instead wants instant money..they depended on this children just so they can earn for evry single cent we worked hard for..i'm not saying this because i'm selfish but because this people do not want to help their selves to make life better for them..they can be somehow fruitful in so many ways..they cannot reason out that they lack education to get job..i see many determined people who clean houses of someone's houses..iron and laundry someone's clothes..there are any things to do instead of begging and using their children..they are what they are because that's what they wanted at the first place, they just played as a victim of their own lives and try to find something to blame on..always remember that whatever happen to our life good or bad its all because of us..t the end its still us t blame for things that didn't happen to go the way we want it.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
26 May 09
yes, i even saw on the television last night where the children are asked to snatched and the money they get will be divided into two, for the boss and the children..and much worse its the children that are imprisoned or at times get killed when worse scenarios happen
@lumenmom (1996)
• United States
26 May 09
Using children to me is a cheap shot. I also don't like beggars who appraoch me when my child is with me. It makes me nervous, it scares her and I go into defensive mode. Maybe they don't see any harm in it if they think it's okay to use children to beg, then I can see why they would see anything wrong with approaching me in front of my child.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
26 May 09
yes it seems scary at times but usually i do not get angry or scared. It gives me the opportunity to explain and tell my daughter how lucky she is to have what she have right now, all the food and toys she wants.
@yugasini (12816)
• Anantapur, India
24 May 09
hi, Jazel_juan you are right, there are lazy persons, they wont work, their intention is begging, some times in big cities like mumbai, cruked people damaging the leg or hand , they send that children to the streets for begging and they insisting for minimum payout for the day by begging, these cruked people earn thousands of money ,some are maintaing groups of this children in big cities like mumbai, in my town also these type of beggers, they are showing children and asking money for food and milk for children, Govt to look after this and do curtail this type things
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
24 May 09
they injure themselves for them to beg? that is outrageous!!
@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
23 May 09
Hello jazel_juan, That's the reason why I seldom give money to beggars. Here too, they have so many syndicates that using them to get money. Whenever I see these children begging on the street, I will just give them food to eat. There are too many that I just don't know how to differentiate them. These people are really ruthless to use small kids to beg as if they are not capable to look for money themselves.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
24 May 09
they are just lazy and they got used to their lifestyle they do not want to change it and changing it scares them because it involves risk and great sacrifice..and sometimes some are scared they would end up to nothing again plus the fact that they are already wallowing into their state now that they would rather choke it all up and stay as what they are now
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@csrobins (1125)
• United States
22 May 09
So the beggars are using children? What is this world coming to?! I cannot believe this. And that the goverment would even allow this type of behavior to go on is apalling. Poor innocent children dont evn know what to do about it and they really cant do anything about it. I think that the government should really think about helping these poor childred. Its their place and it is very bad for the reputataion of the United States. using children to manipulate people to give money is wrong and should be outlawed.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
22 May 09
it is bad but the situation you have in your country is not as bad as we have here, and like in other 3rd world country. That is what poverty lead these people to do..and it is worsening
@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
21 May 09
Are you talking about homeless adults using homeless children they donot know to beg for them? Here in USA i have seen homeless families that beg as a family unit. I think they are using the children to get pity from people. Truely sad but maybe they just dont know what else to do.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
22 May 09
yes, it is sad because some do not even try to help themselves, where in fact there will always e ways to survive and live
• India
21 May 09
yes, I also saw this many times.You are right that they really use their children.As far as your question is concerned whether the government is doing something or not.I am sure that in my country government is doing nothing about it.I saw people begging & saying that they need money for the treatment of their children as they are sick,but I don't find it genuine.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
21 May 09
well.. i also do not know if the government is sincere in helping the needy..
• United States
20 May 09
In today's economy and changing world, you can't fairly judge the parents. If the only way they can get the needs of the children met is by letting people know the dire straights they are in. Now granted there are those who do just "use" the children,but; can we take the chance? With support systems so overwhelmed , It is getting harder and harder for people to get the help they need. Even people that have never had to have help in their lives find themselves in this position. Let's look at these people for just a min.-- They have to learn How to get help, where to go, how to work it, what an extreme amount of time it takes, and what to do in the mean time. I think people would be truely surprised at how much time, energy, mind power, and help of others to just GET HELP. It dosn't take long for persons to look derelect with not much food, no where to sleep, no where to take a bath or wash your cloths. People it's time for all of us to get educated to the streets.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
21 May 09
yes i know what you mean and begging has become the easiest way for them to bring food into their homes or mouth rather..and yes, social services cannot really take all of those homeless people much more here where the population is getting larger and larger! it has become inevitable sad to say