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Gypsy Child Thieves (2009)

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Across Europe thousands of young children are being trafficked and forced onto the streets to beg and steal by Romanian Gypsy organized criminal gangs who make millions of Euros by ruthlessly exploiting them.

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Across Europe thousands of young children are being trafficked and forced onto the streets to beg and steal by Romanian Gypsy organized criminal gangs who make millions of Euros by ruthlessly exploiting them.

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excellent film
29 July 2011 | by (France) – See all my reviews

This is an absolutely brilliant film, that confronts head-on some issues that are taboo in our community. I am of Roma origins myself and although I lived in France and UK on and off for the last decade, I travelled extensively and even lived for a while in Eastern Europe. One of my closest friends, a Roma from Romania told me how when he was five-years old he was taught to beg by his own family and sent out to make money on the streets of Bucharest. He graduated to stealing from shops, and to pickpocketing. When I met him in Paris he had a certain quota of money to make per week, otherwise his uncle, who brought him to France and was collecting the money, would beat him up. My friend is now 19, married with a child and works for himself, but his case is by no means isolated. There are many more Roma boys and girls (possibly thousands!) who are forced to beg and to steal every day on the streets of France and Spain and I've even seen them in the UK and Norway recently. Although it's happening in full view, this is an issue that remains hidden on the agenda of Roma conferences and seminars. There's virtually no Roma NGO that I know of prepared to do anything about this or to even discuss these issues. We all seemed to be in denial and there should be voices from our own community that raise the alarm about child exploitation, about child theft and begging that has enriched many criminals. This film is excellent, it deserves an award and I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about the harsh realities in some Roma communities. Well-done BBC! PS. Racism against the Roma is palpable not only in Eastern Europe, but as this film clearly shows it also exists in the West. I totally disagree with the previous reviewer – this film is not biased but balanced; it tackles with sensitivity and respect an extremely difficult issue. It's one of my favourite documentaries – watch it if you can!


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