VIDEO: Child Protection Bureau starts crackdown against child beggary in 8 districts of Punjab

Join hands with CPB and report by calling on 1121.

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The Child Protection and Welfare Bureau (CPWB) has started a crackdown against child begging in 8 districts of Punjab. The organized racket, which has taken the form of a ‘mafia’ in Pakistan, targets underprivileged children and engages them in begging as they are vulnerable.

To protect these children from being exploited, the Child Protection and Welfare Bureau (CPWB) is asking the citizens of Pakistan to cooperate. CPWB requests you to realize your responsibility and report by calling the Rescue Helpline 1121 if you see a child involved in begging.

In a Tweet, CPWB wrote: ”The little hands meant to hold pens to learn, are instead stretched out to beg for money. Stop the toxic culture of Child Begging in Pakistan by joining Child Protection Bureau in its efforts to stop child begging”.

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These child beggars are controlled by ‘thekedaars.’ These ‘thekedaars’ are the gang ring-leaders or contractors. A recent police operation against the begging mafia in the federal capital, Islamabad, revealed that these ring-leaders divide the city into ‘operative zones.’

Subsequently, the Ring-leader or contractor of one operative zone cannot interfere in the affairs of the other. Each contractor has almost 30 beggars employed, who are mostly children. Each beggar is supposed to pay the contractor Rs. 1000 at the end of the day.

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