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Handing over money to child beggars is not an act of kindness, says the Mirror Foundation

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Anyone who grew up in Thailand will be familiar with this urban myth: 

Out there on the streets, kidnappers are looking for children and are hiding out in white vans with no registration plates. When they see their victim, they will hop out of the van, snatch the child and flee the scene. That unfortunate child will then have his arms and legs cut off and be forced to beg on the street. You must have seen some of them — they are people’s stolen children!

According to Witanapat Rutanavaleepong, head of the Stop Child Begging Project by the Mirror Foundation, although it is good to warn children about kidnappers, such a distorted and exaggerated story can confuse them. The story also distorts the public’s view on the issues surrounding child beggars.

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