I took this picture few months back while I was heading home from work. The child beggars spend their day begging for money so they can give food for their families. As soon as the stop light turns red, you see one or two kids rush in the jeepney wiping shoes, leaving a little envelope for money or even singing to attract donations. They also work at night till they have enough money to feed their family. Sometimes, they are under controlled by a syndicate. These syndicate would kidnap children to be used as beggars. They would feed, house and exploit them. Besides begging, they would use them for house cleaning and other errands. If they try to escape, they will be beaten.
The government has Welfare Program for the Street Children but they are not doing enough to help these exploited children from these cruel world.
It really crushes my heart when I see this kids…What will happen to them? Are they destined to be tugs and drifters? Really heart breaking!