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Posted by: Baby Farts
« on: July 06, 2012, 10:53:06 AM »

The question boils down to credibility.  The video obviously illustrates a reason not to give money to beggars.  Meng Dahs at their finest.  Makes you wonder how much Mama and Papa sold them off to a life like this.....Kind of makes you wonder about foreigners claiming to support charities etc.....

Ask a Thai what these pric.k pimps do to babies that are not born beautiful.  Then ask what they do with the ones that are attractive.
Posted by: Johnnie F.
« on: July 06, 2012, 10:12:07 AM »

Posted by: sicho
« on: July 06, 2012, 09:27:43 AM »

This is a big pdf document. It's an old but very revealing report on begging in Thailand. Google

The Nature and Scope of the Foreign Child Beggar Issue

to find it.
Posted by: Lebowski
« on: July 05, 2012, 05:17:04 PM »

I don't give anymore - used to when I first got here - and have 'steeled' myself to it because, as mentioned by the previous poster, it simply helps to perpetuate the problem into the future. Also, any money given mostly doesn't go to help the child as it ends up in their "handlers" pocket which probably means it goes on his expenses and alcohol and I'm damned if I'm going to contribute to sustaining some worthless criminal's pathetic existence.

I agree with the above about it being a big stain on Thailand's character and image as it shows how devoid of compassion the system and society really is under the smiles and perfume.  :(

Posted by: sicho
« on: July 05, 2012, 04:34:22 PM »

This is one of Thailand's greatest shames. Giving money to the children does nothing for them except to keep them and more in the future in slavery. I don't know what kind of monster could amputate a child's limb to make money. This business is just as bad as other forms of child abuse.

If Thailand had any compassion, it would put an end to this evil business. A starting point would be to pick up the children, put them in care and attempt to find our from them who has controlled them. On the other hand, bribes speak louder than human kindness and decency here sometimes.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 05, 2012, 04:17:39 PM »


It always makes me sad to see something like this on the streets of Bangkok. I’m always in a dilema as to whether to give the beggars any money.  I was once at a BTS station waiting for a friend and within a period of about 20 minutes I saw many people put money in a beggar’s cup. Quite often 20 Baht but sometimes coins. Every now and then the beggar would empty the cup and put the money in a purse. I estimated that he had collected about 200 Baht within just a short time. Many people who work hard all day don’t get much more than that.

There was another incident I spotted while I was walking to Pantip Plaza via Pratunam. Someone who looked like he was homeless was changing his shirt by the side of the road. A Chinese tourist who just got off a bus was trying to sneak a picture of this guy. He was spotted and the homeless guy got angry and chased him off. I didn’t think much of it at the time but an hour or so later I was walking back the same way and spotted the same homeless guy sitting by the side of the road begging. The only difference is that this time he had only one arm!

The problem with begging in Thailand is that it is often organized by gangs. Children are often kidnapped or trafficked over the border from Cambodia. They are then forced to beg and make a certain amount of money each day. They don’t get to keep this money as they have to give it to the gang leader. Some of the kids already have deformities but there has been some reports that these were done on purpose in order to attract more sympathy. It is all very well organized. They are dropped off in the morning in key locations and someone comes round later in the day to pick them up.