Begging for Change: Research findings and recommendations on forced child begging in Albania/Greece, India and Senegal
Anti-Slavery International, 2009, 33 pages
The report focus on the phenomenon of forced child begging based on research conducted in Albania, Greece, India and Senegal. The point of departure is both local specifics and global commonalities.
The study finds that forced child begging takes on many different forms. Some children may be forced to beg by their parents or guardians while others are exploited by others. Children are sometimes trafficked into begging by informal networks or organised criminal gangs. The research indicates that, apart from those whose begging is linked to drug addiction, it is usually the youngest children who are victims of this practice. Forced begging involved both boys and girls.
The research points towards poverty as a key cause of forced child begging and the wider problem of begging in all of the settings examined. Poverty and its consequences and causes, such as migration and discrimination, are often the root cause of forced child begging. The report concludes with recommendations for governments and others with a duty to protect children's rights.
Note that the date of publication is indicative.