maimed beggars

It's worse than Slumdog Millionaire suggests: Hundreds of kids a year are forcibly maimed in India
Gangs in big cities find runaways and either use acid or sedation/amputation (legs, arms) to enhance poor kids' status as beggars. A Daily Mail reporter in Mumbai figures child-beggar earnings (equivalent of about $1.50 a day) shoot up over six times that (drained by their pimps, of course) if they're deformed. Daily Mail (London)
     Posted By: Chuck - Tue Jan 27, 2009

Is that what that movie's about? I had never heard of it and suddenly its winning all these awards...
Posted by Jules in Connecticut on 01/27/09 at 09:53 AM
I don't think this practice is new. Been around for a few eons or so. Just more Westerners waking up to life around the world.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/27/09 at 10:32 AM
Jules - If it is, I don't think I will rush out to see it.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 01/27/09 at 11:13 AM
I think I might try this just to get a few days off of work.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 01/27/09 at 12:38 PM
Maxx, I think if you forcibly maim some Indian kids you'll get more than just a few days off work.
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 01/27/09 at 05:01 PM
patty, that reminds me. There's a certain busy corner where I work. This corner is usually manned by one of 3 different 'will work for food' vet guys. The funny thing is they all use the same sign.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 01/28/09 at 07:47 AM
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