Images of India : Children forced to beg on India’s streets…

children-forced-to-begAt least 300,000 children across India are drugged, beaten and forced to beg every day, in what has become a multi million rupee industry controlled by human trafficking cartels. According to the Indian National Human Rights Commission, up to 40,000 children are abducted in India every year, of which at least 11,000 remain untraced. Children are sometimes maimed or burned to elicit greater sympathy and get more alms. The money they earn is usually paid to the traffickers, or to buy alcohol and drugs.