BEIJING: A woman in Beijing has been found to have purposely crippled her daughter so that the child could help her make money from begging, state media said yesterday.
The Beijing Times said it sent a reporter onto the streets of Beijing on Christmas Day to investigate the growing number of child beggars in the city.
It discovered one child, a 14-year-old girl, dragging herself along the sidewalks begging for money.
The reporter said he saw the girl’s mother take her away after dark and pocket the cash she had collected.
When police were alerted the mother reportedly confessed that she had purposely left her daughter on the streets in extreme cold until she suffered frostbite.
“If I don’t make her this pitiful, then I won’t get any money,” the report quoted her as saying.
Police did not detain the woman. When they tried to find her at her residence later, they found she had packed up and left with her daughter.
Child beggars are widely believed to be controlled by adults but there have been few Chinese media reports to support that belief.
Specific cases have surfaced recently which shed light on the extent of the problem.
In the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu, police on Nov 30 rescued 14 disabled children who were forced to beg for a living by a group of farmers from two villages in Taihe county in the central Chinese province of Anhui, the Beijing Times said.
The farmers brought fellow villagers to the city to help watch the children.
Each family would control several children, who were beaten if they do not come up with any money. – AFP
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