Organized Crime & Gangs

Drugged beggar babies for rent in Indonesia

“The strategy has existed openly for years, but as outrage mounted over this unfolding child exploitation scandal, the government has now suspended the carpooling rule, putting jockeys out of work. Last month, police confirmed many of the child jockeys lining Jakarta’s streets had been rented out by their families to criminal syndicates. After a months-long investigation, police in South Jakarta swooped on four adults they believed were renting out children as beggars or child jockeys for 200,000 rupiah (Dh55; USD$15) per day. Two children — aged seven and five years old — and a baby, aged just six months, were taken into protective care.”

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