Dhaka, Bangladesh (CNN) - Deep scars crisscross the frail body of a seven-year-old boy at the center of a criminal case that investigators say exposes “pure evil.”
His father pulled the boy’s pants down, wanting to show the injuries that fill him with rage and anguish. His son’s penis had nearly been cut off.
“They beat me. They said they would make me beg. They would kill me,” the boy said. “I threatened to tell my father and police on them. They cut my throat, they cut my belly, they cut my penis.”
They also bashed his skull with a brick.
Investigators say members of a criminal gang were trying to force the boy to become a beggar on the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital.
The boy was slashed many times, his healed wounds now forming a large cross in scar tissue across a section of his chest and from his throat to his pelvis. Investigators with Bangladesh’s elite police force, the Rapid Action Battalion, say the gang members were trying to kill him because he refused to beg and would be able to identify them to the police.
But he survived, and he and his family have been placed in a witness protection program. The boy is now the star witness in a case that has exposed a criminal gang that, according to investigators, has snatched children off the streets, maimed them and sent them out to beg for money. It is a case depicted in the Oscar-winning movie “Slumdog Millionaire,” in which a child is kidnapped and blinded in order to increase sympathy from the public and bring money to gangs. Pity pays.
The boy’s father says it all began with an argument he had with a neighborhood tea seller over an unpaid bill. Investigators say the tea seller turned out to be a member of a neighborhood gang who then retaliated against the family. One of their children went missing.
“I was crying loudly and calling his name. Suddenly I heard him calling ‘mama,’” his mother recalled. “His hands and feet were tied. I could hardly recognize him because he was so stained with blood.”
His father fainted when he saw the boy’s injuries. But when the man went to file a complaint at the neighborhood police department, police refused to file charges, saying it was a neighborhood dispute.
Incensed, the father eventually found a human rights advocate and attorney, Alena Khan, who went to the hospital to see the boy and helped the family file a legal case.
“We have heard that some people involved are politicians. Even some journalists are involved. So we think it is a very dangerous situation. Even I myself have gotten threats twice," Khan said. "They are terrorists because this is not a small group.”
The petition led the court to order a full investigation by the elite police force and Rapid Action Battalion. Within weeks of the boy’s identification of the five men who allegedly tortured him, they were arrested, and two suspects confessed in front of TV cameras at a police news conference.
“Sometimes they kidnap the children and hold them captive for many days. After that they cut different body parts to prepare them for begging,” explained Mohammad Sohail, head of the media wing of the Rapid Action Battalion. The children are fed very little food and water, are hidden in large vessels for months and suffer from nutrition deficiency, he added.
The gang has also killed children and thrown their bodies into the river, Sohail said.
“This type of crime really touched the hearts of the people, including the law enforcement agencies. So our stand is very, very hard against this mafia group,” Sohail told CNN.
Human rights activist Khan says the 2010 case may well be the first case of its kind to expose a criminal gang for forcing children to beg.
The Bangladeshi government says the boy’s case is not a “general phenomenon” and that it is seriously looking into the case and others. The government said offenders will be punished.
It has since passed a law that would impose a jail sentence of up to three years on anyone caught forcing another person to beg. The government has also banned begging in Bangladesh, but human rights advocates complain that enforcement is lax.
Beggars can be seen on the streets, including crippled children roaming the intersections and walking between cars asking for money.
As for the boy who refused the gang’s orders and paid a terrible price, he is scared for his life but when asked how his tormentors should pay for their crimes, he speaks like a hardened police officer. “I want them hanged, I want them hanged, I demand they be hanged.”
The treatment given those children are cruel even if a debt is owed by their families,the anger shouldn't be taken out on the children.it is very archaic,thats taking us back to the slave trade era.
@Debbie – it is straight-up, unabashed slavery as far as I'm concerned. And it's exactly what the news is here for. I hope we see more of this and less shilling for the celebrity mill out of our MSM. Though the war isn't over, Osama is dead and our first-order mission after Sept. 11 is finally accomplished. The Ummah of Islam is undergoing some sincere change in front of the world's eyes right now. As much damage as we have caused in the effort to protect our national interest, it's past time to shine a light on the very people who will benefit the most from positive changes to polity and economics that could be coming to those cultures. Hopefully this in turn will elicit the most compassion and good-souledness among those people in the West who can't seem to see their humanity, and paint them with the broad brush of enemy. Hopefully it will strengthen the resolve of those dedicated to changing their countries for the better, to keep our eyes on real righteousness and to oppose real evil – not the dramatic blow-up-go-boom stuff that is catastrophic, but the everyday evil of enterprises like this one that thrive on violence and subjugation.
: As for the boy who refused the gang’s orders and paid a terrible price, he is scared for his life but when asked how
: his tormentors should pay for their crimes, he speaks like a hardened police officer. “I want them hanged, I want them
: hanged, I demand they be hanged.”
I would happily fly across the world to do this for you, little guy.
This horrible, but not unexpected in a backwater lawless Muslin country like Bangladesh. Isn't is nice to live in America?
you really reflect very badly on the vast majority of decent honest people in your country when you spout such ignorant bile
Unfortunately, human trafficing is a very real problem in America. As a wealthy nation, we have plenty of rich filth who profit from the suffering of others. Child pornography, child prostitution, and other equally horrific crimes are perpetrated in this country on a daily basis.
Its not just muslim countries, its all over. India, Mexico and they sell children here in the US too. Its about survival and what some people will do to survive. When people are not provided for or able to provide for themselves this kind of anything goes mentality grows, its a breading ground for human abuse and slavery. Brazil, Africa, Soviet Union and many other places all have the same social and economic afflictions. What is really sad is that we here in the States don't know about the everyday struggles of 80% of the worlds population as we gluttony consume and waste for our selves.
You are naive to think slavery doesn't exist in good ole USA. Just do a google search, you will find scores of articles on slavery in America!
You should not be allowed to speak. Ever. 1) It has nothing to do with Islam and 2) if you think children in this country aren't kidnapped and sold into slavery, sex trafficking, etc. etc. you need to read a paper or watch the news every once in while. We don't need your racist hate speech. You promote the problem, instead of finding solutions to it.
I'm guessing you are American. Why not roam around the child prostitution rings, or better yet, the catholic church. THere you will find all the abused children your little heart desires.
Human trafficking happens in the US too. Don't be so blind. Over 17,000 people are forced into the sex slave trade in the US. Slavery still exists. It may appear more barbaric in other countries – of any religion – but it's still people whom we in our American lifestyles turn a blind eye too, feeling good about our good fortune, and not caring that people JUST LIKE US are tortured EVERY DAY under the bondage of evil. To learn more, google International Justice Mission, and Women At Risk International. These are organizations whose purpose is to help rescue and prevent such atrocities.
Muslin? What are you, some kind of seersucker? You sound like a real batiste to me, or in all events, warped.
Just another ignorant uneducated backwater turd spouting anti Muslim (it's spelled with an m on the end, not an n. Muslin is cloth dear) rhetoric. When you're a racist, it's so easy to paint a whole group with one broad brush over the actions of a few.
Forgive this man of his ignorance, for it his complete lack of knowledge as to the heinous crimes that are perpetrated against children in America, not his stupidity, that leaves his comment wanting. Perhaps had his own child, niece or nephew, sister or brother been kidnapped, brutalized beyond any scope of humanity, he might understand that the problem is the people, not the race, religion, or geographical location. That, or he would probably just go psycho and kill himself. Although, if you consider how little respect for human life and child innocence that extremist Muslims have to strap bombs to a kid and run him into a busy market to blow up dozens of people; kidnapping, maiming, and slavery doesn't seem that surprising. The more that "good" people sit back and say that violence towards even the most sinister people is unjustified, the more room we allow sinister forces across Earth to spread out and affect even more innocent lives. Think, don't just shut your eyes because religion promotes "live and let live". God, nor his son, will heal that kid of the physical and psychological scarring imbued.
Oh yeah, this is because they are muslims. how about all the pple in middle east killed by the american army? is the american army muslim too??
if america is a place where pple like you live in, i as a canadian would never want to live there.
Human trafficking, child abuse, pedophilia, child exploitation and violence. These are such serious issues in the US. You show ignorance by stating what you are stating. The horror is in Bangladesh as much as is in America.
I dont live in America. I live in Canada. But what Muslems do is come over here and bash us for the way we live. Can you even believe it.
There are some SICK people in this world, so sick just readng about them makes me wanna throw up.. havin said that immature morons like "iamthefredman" should keep off the board..
Thats it...stop people from speaking and thinking the way they choose, unless they agree with you.....tipical liberal expression.
To @back at you – you call this a typical LIBERAL expression??? Excuse me, but countless right wing folks do the same exact thing, i.e. try to "stop people from speaking and thinking the way they choose, unless they agree with you".
And you darned well know it.
If one could only shake this planet like a filthy blanket and remove all the lowlife despicable scum that inhabit it, from all four corners of the globe, I'm sure we would never have to worry about over populating earth.
if the people were truely pissed about this all the criminals would be dead. Nobody cares. The children are just another mouth to feed. These people are animals.
Please dont insult the animals by calling these people animal.
I can't recall the last time truer words were spoken, ella. One of the most amazing things in the world is the utter disparity between those who claim they would do anything to stop these kinds of things and the amount of people who actually do anything to stop them.
In regard's to ella's comment,
It is not a matter that the people do not want to hold these criminals accountable for their heinous acts. Speaking on behalf of the greater Bangladeshi majority who do genuinely care about the well-being of the people of their country, it is corruption which is hindering justice from being served. Fear for our own lives, like the death threat of the human rights attorney, is what prevents anyone from taking any real action and can you honestly blame us for that? please try to put yourself in our issues before publicizing such controversial remarks. Also, as mentioned in the previous comments instances like these happen in the state's as well so if you are going to stigmatize "these people" as being inhumane then the label can be rightly applied to Americans as well. If you wanted to save the children so much then I would advise that instead of naming names here that you take the initiative of doing something to eradicate the problem. So please i will end my note by advising you to not generalize nor judge an entire country of people as being animals before educating yourself holistically about the different dimensions of this issue.
I hope that every one of the scum who is exploiting these poor kids gets terminal cancer.
THAT ARE PURE AN ACT OF EVIL MIND AND DEVIL MIND , THOSE GANG SHOULD BE PUT AWAY BY THE HAND OF LIGHTNING GOD , BECAUSE THEY CAME FROM HELL TO THIS SO CALL FULL OF KARMA LIFE FORM FROM ANIMAL ONTO HUMAN FORM , KARMA ARE REAL , LIKE THE SUN MOON STAR THE MOTHER EARTH ARE ALL ROUND , SO THAT MEAN WHAT GO AROUND MUST GOING BACK TO ONESELF ANAL AROUND , AMEN
EVIL AND DEVIL ARE EVERY WHERE NOW A DAY , ONE DAY THE DEVIL AND EVIL WILL BE KILL BY AN ACT OF HEAVENLY ORDER FROM EITHER THE NATURE FORM SUCH AS LIGHTNING AND SUNAMEI AND WIND GOD , WATER GOD TO TEACH THOSE EVIL THINKER AND DEVIL THINKER A BIG LESSON SOONER OR LATER IT WILL COME , AMEN
Could we leave God out this story? Obviously, he wasn't around to help this little boy when he needed it. He and the other victims need the help of REAL people. The gods, spirits and aliens are welcome to put a spell, karma or take the criminals to their spaghetti monster justice had been served. I for one would impose death on those rats.
..couldn't have said it better. Thank you!
Yes, the devil was there when he was beaten and injured so horribly. And YES, God was there to make sure he lived to tell his story and be back with his family. God is everywhere and you cannot say otherwise.
Your comment was unnecessary, inflicting your own opinion right back at the original commenter. If you REALLY want to go there, which you obviously do by your response, then I could just point out – that God gave all humans free will. Which these men used to harm this little boy and which you are also using to state your opinion on this story... think about that for a second before you go knocking someone's comments about God.
I love the, "God gave you free will," meaning he still owns your soul but you can choose a path that is made in an image of god... Just expect the harsh penalties that follows. Lovely how free that feels? I don't wanna totally knock religion, to each's own, but really? Free will with consequences? Come on now..
Apparently God is either impotent, incompetent, or indifferent to the suffering of abused children.
The god of the bible is a complete di1ck, not deserving of respect at all. He is the most disgusting character in all fiction.
Good thing there is no reason to believe "he" exists.
If any improvement is brought to the child slavery situation, it will be a result of actions taken by real people, not some imaginary sky daddy.
For those folks going on about "free will"...what about the free will of the victims??? Nobody ever seems to mention that. I mean, I doubt very much this little boy chose what happened to him of *his* own free will.
My comment is as unnecessary as all of those about God. The topic is children being tortured and exploited. My thoughts are around what people like us can do about it. Burning incense, dancing in the rain and skipping dessert for a week won't fix anything, nor imploring an imaginary friend or blaming Belzebub. You are entitled to your beliefs but don't think for a minute you are making a difference. To conclude, would you like to know a little secret? Don't tell anyone but the truth is: There is no god. There is no hell. You're on your own. You are free. Feels great, doesn't it? Now back to the main topic. Here are some associations who are doing something about it and are worth supporting:
None have any religious affiliations.
Only three years for this kind of crime? For cutting off a child’s body part for forcing a child to bag for your profit for destroying a child’s life for starving and keeping a child locked up when they are not bagging for your profit for killing and tossing a child into a river when the child is of no use as if the child is only garbage. Only three years for these crimes? What the heck is that? That is just as evil as the crimes being committed against these little children, there should be nothing but death for these criminals these gangs maybe even some torture before death just in case there is no life after death there is no hell to suffer in, these people truly are the scum of the earth. I would have no pity on them at all why should anyone unless they themselves can somehow relate to what these devils where doing and that would be sick in itself!
´Nothing new... I saw it back in ´28, ´30 when I visited the area with my folks... the Brits knew it then.. the Amis knew it then.... So vodznoo ?? ... Vodznodzonoo izzzz :- It´s not your buziness.. move on !! From the GripeVine.... & Donah..//
Totally agree with you....three years punishment is no where close or justified to the type of evil crimes these gang members commit. As for this poor little kid.....I prey God that he meets justice...and all his wounds (both physical and psychological) get cured as soon as possible and lead a normal life. Being a mother of a little boy myself....I couldn't stop crying when reading this article. MAY GOD BLESS THIS CHILD.
I agree with you and the kid in the artical. Three years? Not good enough.
Shoot the bastards who do this and dump their bodies in the river. See how they like it.
Cheers, nice to there are some gud guys here to support Sanath. Some guys are kltaing like donkeys. they dont kno about Sanath. He was the No 1 batsman & he was the most successful captain in Sri lanka. Am i right??? so just think about that he was a worrier for last decade he sometimes fighted alone to protect our team from loses so now they are not kltaing about that.i dnt like the captancy of Sanga(only wat i see) eventhou he handles the pressure when he is batting he cant handdle the pressure when he is in the field & he doesnt like to get others support. AS A CAPTAIN he has to get 100% from others not only performences the ideas too i havent seen much that hes kltaing with others when hes arranging the feild mostly with Sanath he doesnt talk with him he can have some gud ideas with Sanath.no point of kltaing with him he will retire when he want as he did with his captancy so now we have to cheer our players to the victory in this USA tournament so we'll support our team no more arguments ok guys.. this is our team we cant change it now so come on all now we'll blow out kiwis this tym hope Sana will come to his blastering form again with Dilshan Go SL GO . (0)
Your CAPS LOCK is on.
@Tigerwoods: Yes I know. You would understand why.....if you had sympathy for this kid in your heart.
Or are you trying to be funny?
Just curious TOMG, but what is the color of the sky in your world?
Tomg. use spell check and use correct grammer. Sadly Nobody will respect your opnion because of it. :(
Please speak for yourself. Not all of us have English as our mother tong, but you can still show respect. Spelling or grammar checks do not always show all the corrections to be made. Besides, you yourself write: " Sadly Nobody".
On topic: disgusting, but true not only in Bangladesh, but in many countries all over the world. Being a father myself, it hurts to think of these poor kids.
The period goes inside the quotation marks. For example: "Sadly Nobody."
I think I learned that back in 6th grade, smart @$$.
I totally am not a grammar freak in comments sections, but you are wrong! I can't stand it when people correct others incorrectly!! Sometimes the period goes inside the quotation marks. In this case, it doesn't. He is quoting something. The original didn't have a period, it was the beginning of a sentence for crying out friggin' loud! It seems like you loooove rules, guy...maybe you should learn them ;) Watch – there will be 10 typos in my own post. But still....c'mon.
@trock Pot, I would like you to meet Kettle. Kettle, this is Pot.
Sadly, I lost all respect for you and your horrible English. I can tell that he/she is not a native of the U.S. but you sure sound like you are...Maybe you ought to practice what you preach and do a simple spell check a- hole
trock: You just made yourself look really stupid
As far as I am concerned, each gang member should be castrated publically.
What on earth does this have to do with the article? I bet you're just cutting and pasting teh xame comment into every article you can. You're a sad human being.
that's the most disgusting act I've heard all week. HANG THEM HIGH!
What else do you expect from any government but lies? Please open your eyes.
The same thing happens in China. Young children are abducted from rural areas from poor parents (without resources or connections), their arms, legs horribly broken and disfigured, then moved to Beijing or Shanghai to pitifully beg. Their income taken, if a day's take insufficient, they are often beaten, unfed for a day. . . . Tourists to China take note: giving money to begging children perpetuates this horrific slavery.
and not giving them money, gets the innocents beaten more.
Then give them food
Actually the child slavery problem in China is more like this – steal girls to sell as brides and boys to dupe into believing they are sons who must care for the "parents" in their old age. Chinese don't really have the community sense of charity that is common in majority christian nations. It's just a cultural thing, but it makes street-children next to useless as beggars except in tourist areas (and the police will crack down there).
FOr all of the selfish people who commented above on US/Osama, this is not the appropriate palce to voice youe opinion, as it has nothing to do with the article which is highliting a horrific act done to children.....indeed your indiference is more insulting to waht is happening to these children, more so it shows lack of respect, compassion and humanity.....qualities I dont even thing you know what they mean.
So keep your stupid politics and stupid opinions to yourself and share them where appropriate. IDIOTS, how about if your child was a victime of such crime, would you blabble about your usual nonsence?.......I bet you would acctually since you are so self absorbed.OUT
I couldn't agree more, what a bunch of dingbats and dickweeds. How the heck do you get that far off subject on a board that is this unrelated to what they are babbling on about. Foolish people, it’s as if we are in a yahoo chartroom or something sometimes.
Thanks to Freedom Project to bring these issues to light. This kind of things happen to poor children in many third world countries – the movie Slumdog Millionaire depicts these issues in great detail and those are very close to reality.
These POOR and INNOCENT children have absolutely no protection. I hope we can collectively fight this EVIL.
Definitely should be hanged, but slowly.
It may be that same or similar gang is operating in many countries!
Umm, what the heck does this have to do with this artical?
Unfortunately, this happens the world over. I see this everyday here in China, it is a well known fact that there are organizations that organize beggars and maim them to increase their return. You see them on every street corner and on the subway cars in Beijing.
"“This type of crime really touched the hearts of the people, including the law enforcement agencies." Yeah – that is why the police refused to do anything – they are all in it!
I spent two years in Mumbai, and these crippled kids were on every street corner begging. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of them. Some so brutally maimed that they walked on their hands because their legs were twisted above their heads. The level of evil that induces a human do habitually do this to a child is mind boggling. Begging is deeply institutionalized in places like India, and Bangladesh. What this really means is that organized crime is in bed with the local governments, and all these parasites take their cut of the money that a brutally maimed child beggar earns for them on the street.
Bangladeshi government is responsible for this,because they are corrupted(not all).some men in the government are taking care of this gangs to protect themselves.whenever they get any problem they use these gangs for their protection and use them against the opposition political parties,and to earn money,get shares from them,Bangladesh need a real leader who could lead the country,but its pity that,they haven't got the proper leader since 1971.
Those GANG don't deserve to live nor even mentioned...I'm hoping to see their photos in CNN frontpage decapitated.
Lady, I think you're on the wrong thread.
When I went to India in the late 70's I was told about this type of thing. Don't give to beggars; they are working for a gang and have been intentionally crippled to get your pity. A girl with a tiny ashen baby followed me for blocks, jiggling the baby and asking me for money. It was hard, but I kept my eyes ahead and refused. If you make so much as a sound of pity or let your eyes stray, they will tail you block to block, tugging at your clothing and pleading. Give instead at the temple poor boxes.
Best punishment for those criminals is to cut their body parts one by one and let them rot in hell. No criminal will dare even to think of doing such a crime to children afterwards.
I am so sick to my stomach reading this unimaginable story. I wish I had the resources to create a foundation to care for these children and a special unit to track down and mercilessly punish these monsters. In the meantime, I hope these children find the protection they deserve.
I read this article filled my heart with sour.How come these gang members enjoy the beating ,torturing and exploiting the childhood .Children are the face of God ,they disfigured them ,now they have to pay the price indeed .For this child I would say may god give u strength to recover.They might beaten your body but not your will.Stay Strong!! I welcome CNN freedom project ,now i see journalism is doing something constructive,showing the dark face of society .Keep it
" But when the man went to file a complaint at the neighborhood police department, police refused to file charges..." and Bangladeshi government busy harassing Dr.Yunus for helping the poor..because poor don't give bribes !
Now that's the true nature of Bangladeshi government, because at the end those criminal gangs are directly linked with those corrupted politicians sitting in the governments and taking their share of the toll !
Disciplinary action should be taken against what the terrorist are doing by forces children to beg in the street.
Give me ten minutes with these gang members who tormented and disfigured this little chile because; that is all the time I will need to cut of their penises and leave them there to bleed until they die. How's that for justice Bangladeshi RAB?
I visited the country of Bangladesh In 2008 since I had adopted a little brother from Rajshahi. What I saw was not only heartbreaking, but disturbing. The Bangladeshi Government pride itself in saying they are a Muslim country. Is this what Islam have taught you? To turn your backs on a child who was disfigured and devastated. Shame on you Bangladesh.
This is not something new, and has been going on for so long in impoverished Asian countries. The problem is, people actually give money to these kids out of pity, hence the cycle never ends. Here in Jakarta, Indonesia where I currently reside, mothers carry their few-months-old babies out on heavily-polluted streets to beg for money. The government has supposedly "made efforts" to eradicate beggars from the street, but apparently words were not supported with actions, and we still see very young kids begging on the streets. Some of them are not abused that much; they are put out there to sell newspapers and cigarettes. Others are obviously abused. A teenage girl begging on the street had her hands deliberately cut off in order to gain more sympathy, and money from passers-by. Obviously those "religious groups" here should use their money for something better like this cause, than making bombs to kill people!
The underworld is filled with a lot of filth that need to researched and exposed. Thanks to the reporter. However, it is disgusting to learn that even journalists have been mentioned in this case. The culprits need to be subjected to similar actions inflicted against the innocent children, but let the law take its course. Crazy world and its people!!!!
As one of all world innocents, this shameful and humble world individual/innocent now is choked with rage. How can this shameful and humble world person mollify their ire or wrath, whom are suffering from this era's all irrational and senseless fellows? Needless to say, we or all world innocent must make strenuous efforts to bring those same perpetrators to the world's court of justice and consign the brutal perpetrators to prison without delay and hesitations. This humble world person feels so when itself sees those same irrational fellows, who were said to learn by direct and actual experience about this 21st century's real value of a human being. Via my world friend, CNN, this humble world innocent warns those same irrational fellows against indiscretion in doing such a silly thing and asks those all not to tread down this era's precious world childrens' rights, which was endowed with since was born in through the globe.
From Younghyun Kim(in downtown Seoul, South Korea
Its time for Jesus / Krishna / TBD to come so that the child can rest his head on his lap and for once in the childs life have pure joy.....
Cut off the limbs of those responsible and let them suffer for the rest of their life. Death penalty is not enough.
These animals need to have the same thing done to them that they inflicted on the children, then hanged, when they have recovered after what ever surgery is required without any anaesthetic – pure and simple.
These men are not animals. Animals would never maim or torture another member of their own kind solely for the benefit of money. Men are in a category of their own, there are evil men and there are good men – to say equate evil men with animals is blasphemous.
Give me ten minutes with these men, I will show them what it means to force a child to beg. Ten minutes is all I need to cut of their penises and drop it on the floor, turn my back and walk away. I will leave them there to bleed and die. Lets see whose turn it will be to beg.
Simply HEART WRENCHING!
Before hanging them cut their penis off first so they feel what it is like also those of the police officers who refused to do anything. They are just a guilty as the evil doers.
I agree. So many people are like Pontius Pilate, wringing their hands or shrugging their shoulders and saying:
"Gee, aren't people bad? But what CAN we do?"
"I'm just one person..." and
"It's useless to fight..."
It happens all the time. I have seen those kids in my country for over ten years. Sometimes the adults behind these kids are just ordinary people, some are even those kids' relatives. How can you stop this business? I couldn't figure a way out.
Sadly, this practice exists in many countries around the world. However, the reaction is not always the same. In China for instance, the community has tried to take matters in their own hands, with some degree of success. Using an Internet BBoard, citizens upload mobile phone pictures of children/beggars seen in the street, so that they may be identified by their families. Lately this practice has picked up steam, with touching stories of re-united families appearing in local and national media almost weekly.
I strongly believe that society must not turn a blind eye, wait for the problem to be solved by 'officials'. This is just hypocrisy on our part. How can we expect those who have proven themselves unworthy time over (politicians, authorities, police) to protect those needing protection? This is a human obligation. Yes, just as we have human rights, we also have human obligations, and one of those is to protect our children from the horrors described in this article.
Although I may be a critic of CNN's practices in the past, I truly salute this initiative for freedom and protection, especially of children, and can only hope that more media outlets will pursue this just cause. We have been so caught up in everything else but good, that we have become callous to the real injustice and pain in the world.
It seems there is no limit to human evil. I can only say, if you asked me to cut a seven year old child, I would give back the knife and ask to be killed. When life is that bad, it is not worth living.
I cant bear the pain and suffer this innocent child has gone thru. I feel I am personally responsible for this as a denizen the society has falttered to care about these childrens. These kids are like gems they have a lot of future they have to be picked up, rescued and rehabilitated and kept away from the criminals. We need to have a unique centralized organization (like unesco) any child abuse reportted to this organization must be addressed in no time and punish the people responsible
Rich Western Europe: Every day we se Roma's children begging on the streets. Authorities do nothing about it. Nobody wants to deal with this problem.
Bangladesh is a nation where majority of the people are muslims.I wonder ,why jihadists do not help these children to end slavery,to remove poverty insted of bombing people. May be they think this is not a part of their religious principles.There are so many islamic nations which are poor and why is this?
you are an exemplary moron..have a nice day
100% accurate, every one every law must protect children.! These true horrific stories are anguishing to my soul. I know I am not alone, we must tell the world protect!
Did you read the article? The issue is political/systematic corruption. They've got people in higher places involved. These gangs operate like a mafia (just like gangs and crime families here in the United States). Why can't we put these guys away here in the United States? Ask why a huge number of our blacks and hispanics here are so substandard and enveloped in similarly poor circumstances as Bangladesh?
I am always surprised when something like this happens and the family's method of justice is the court system. If it were my son, I would destroy the blood lines of every person who had a hand in hurting my boy.
And the instant you started to go after them, they'd come after your family and massacre them. Yeah...THAT will show them.
That’s the response of a coward.
shocking beyond belief! What a f....ed up world!
Just when you think you've heard or read about the deepest depravities of mankind, something like this hits your radar. Sickening. Disgusting beyond words. Anyone involved in this sort of thing, profiting from it, or helping to cover it up, needs to be locked up for for life, with no chance of perole. The only reason I'm advocating this – relatively lenient – punishment is that I do not believe in letting our thirst for vengeance determine outcomes of justice. The things I would wish done to these vile thugs were I not to care about such concepts as "cruel and unusual punishment", do not bear writing down.
Those children should be taken away,
do it as much as possible,
do it everyday,
do it with a dedicated army of people
do something now..
dont lax any laws!
gangs can do anything, I guess, in such poor countries.
Gangs seem to be able to do anything here too in American slums. Why do we have bloods, crips and M13s?
This happens a lot in South Asian countries. Most of them are never rescued.
This is one of the sickest and saddest stories I've ever read! What is wrong with people that they would treat children so inhumanely? And the law enforcement should be ashamed and cracked down on for not enforcing the law and stopping this. This is just so horrid it is unimaginable.
Sadly these types of abuses are not just problems in places like Bangladesh but are also happening in the US and Europe and all over the world. Humans are being trafficked for money. Women, children and men are abducted, raped, tortured, and forced into slavery including sexual slavery.
I commend CNN for the effort to bring these abuses to light.
Wherever it happens it is truly sickening! The people doing this are pure evil! They deserve nothing less then the most painful violent death!
There are so many things wrong with what you're saying here. First of all, every single one of us is human and no one deserves to go through what these children have gone through. To insinuate that what the 9/11 victims went through is worse than what these poor children have gone through is complete rubbish. No one, regardless of race, age, or nationality should have to die a painful, horrific death or be tortured, including the victims of 9/11 and these children in Bangladesh. Shame on you for diminishing the plight of innocent children no matter where they are from!
Second of all, what you're saying about publishing the pictures of bin Laden is absurdity. No one needs to see those pictures, unfortunately we have been hardened enough as it is and the value of human life has already been decreased dramatically (as perfectly demonstrated by your post). We do not need to subject humanity to more death and violence, we have suffered enough. You yourself even said that we have lost our sons and daughters to this horrible war, why do we need to see more war and destruction?
The really SAD PART is not that the child was abused... the SAD PART is that the POLICE would not investigating the case and states that it is a local issue...WTF...Since this ISSUE has became public because of ACTIVISTS..the Police get involved by assignning a special task force... WTF...WHERE WAS THE POLICE when this family needed them the MOST??? Man... What are the police in that country doing???? Eating donuts and coffee???
No, I think the sad part was that the child was abused.
Liberals get off on stuff like this. Hey, liberals, all that "diversity" you love means embracing cultures and all their behaviors, whether you agree with them or not. You can't pick and choose, telling them, "It's OK to make colorful blankets or do cool natives dances, but you can't be violent in any way." What liberals actually want is Diversity Lite.
You sir are an idiot. Take out the word "liberal" and put in any race, ethnicity, gender or religion. Maybe then you'll recognize just how vile and hateful your comment comes across to the rest of us.
Conservatives get off on stuff like this. Hey, Conservatives, all that "diversity" you love means embracing cultures and all their behaviors, whether you agree with them or not. You can't pick and choose, telling them, "It's OK to make colorful blankets or do cool natives dances, but you can't be violent in any way." What Conservatives actually want is Diversity Lite.
See dumba$$...it works both ways. F*ck you dickhole.
You make about -23% sense in your argument. Why don't go to grammar school, learn how to write something that actually makes sense, and then come back on CNN.com in a couple of weeks?! What does "diversity" have to do with this article in the first place?
Much rather try and stop this kind of activity instead of chasing fictitious WMD producers. This is just plain wrong on so many levels. Preventing something like this actually seems doable compared to us chasing our tails in other "war" zones.
I am sickened to read these things. They should bring back live disemboweling just for the people that would do this to children.
Please tie these cowards up and leave them alone in a room with the parents (parents that have large carving knives). Nothing more disgusting than preying on the weak- How I would love to teach them a lesson!!!!!!!!!!!
If that were my daughter I would probably be dead because I would do my best to take out the gang members by myself. I know that's probably the worst way to handle it, but my mind would be so focused on getting these guys.
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At this point in my life I am not shocked to hear about these types of abuses. But when we do find them we should weed out the criminal scum truly guilty and let their harsh public punishment serve as a reminder. NOBODIES children deserve these harsh acts dealt to them.
-the criminal need to be punished
-the local officials who allowed this need to be punished
This has just made me sick to my stomach. These poor kids. I pray GOD bring down his wrath on these evil boys.. I dare not call them men for they won't get their sorry a** up and go to work for themselves. I agree with others, 3 years is a joke of a punnishment for such a horrible crime. I hope these children are able to reuperate from this horrible event and grow up to be productive citizens. God Bless Them.
After reading such stuff makes me so sick sometimes I wonder if I am not already in Hell! Literally feeling sick to the stomach.
And people question whether true evil walks the earth? God has nothing to do with it, the Devil has nothing to do with it. These street gangs are bottom feeders. They are gutless, pathetic excuses for something with a pulse. They are not men they are not women. They are evil in the purest form.
Browsing through these ptuecris and comments brings with it so many emotions. The emotion I am feeling at the moment is guilt. Guilt that I am sitting here with my tv on, the computer on my lap and munching away on a tub of Ben & Jerrys, in a warm and cosy environment with all mod cons....when those poor children are living in such poor conditions. So the ice cream is going away, it wont make any difference to those poor children, but without it on my knee, I can concentrate on spreading the word to my friends. Keep up the good work ladies, there are so many people back here supporting you xx
questo gioco una figata coavlo !!bella anche la grafical'unica cosa che trovo triste sono le persone che continuano inevitabilmente ha lasciare commenti idioti e antipaticise una console non piace basta non venire su questo forum..ma evidentende nella vita non hanno altro da farepoveretti
WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT/OFFICERS WHO REFUSED TO ACCEPT A COMPLAINT ABOUT A LITTLE BOY BLOODIED TO NEAR DEATH??? it's nice that the legal activist got involved, got a case started, and criminals have been apprehended, but officials like these police officers are the true criminals of Bangladesh who contribute to these kinds of problems.
umm what are you talking about? wrong article lady.
oh f**k.. that is absolutely horrible. These bastards should die for this.
Oh! I am going to be sick for several days!
I have to ask why these crimes persist and why the ordinary citizen doesn't redress by any means neccessary?
I have been to the Philippines many times and have seen the same. Once a small boy of about 1yo was blinded for begging. So very sad. My father (who lives there) would get very irritated when I would give these poor children money and claimed that most of their "take" was handed over to their pimp. Really, really horrible.
This is horrible. There is nothing more innocent then a child and to do this ......... ? Where is your god now ! Step up big guy !
So much for the United Nations "Year of the Child" publicity stunt
When these gang members are located, let the parents be the first to serve justice on them. If there is anything left of them after that, then take them to trial.
Weren't these people ever children or did they forget what's it's like to be scared? These gang members are no more than sad little babies themselves.
Ok, here is my idea....Get several large blocks of ice...place these convicted gang memebers on top of each one.....tie rope around there....uh "members" after you tie their hands behind their backs....sit back and wait for the ice to melt....This should apply to anyone interested in slavery...abduction.......rape......child pornography......And if there are any women involved I have ideas for that too.....Something NEEDS to change here. Its maddness that this is how people live.
I hope every one of the exploiters of these poor kids gets terminal cancer.
DoctorDelhi, did you participate in this?
It's 2011 and people are still living like it's the "Dark Ages." This kind of tragedy takes place every day across the globe. Nobody deserves this kind of treatment, especially someone as helpless as a child.
This is an extremely barbaric and cruel crime, 3 years of imprisonment is not enough.
Such begging kids are common in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan and there is always a gang behind it.
That is giving the criminals easy death, they should go through what they have done to the poor children. First, slowly cut off their fingers into 5 pieces using a chain saw. Then, the same to their feet, arms, legs, until the body and head are left. then slowly skin them alive. At least this is how I'd feel if it happened to me. On the other hand, How did the criminals get subject to such an influence to do such a thing? Something may have happened to them that caused this. Or maybe it is just human nature.
Its amazing how a crime of such magnitude was reported to the police and they dismissed it. what are they there for in the first place. if not for the human rights lawyer, this boy's case would have been one of those things. a lot of people may have suffered similar tragedies but their voices were not heard. Kudos to the small boy for his courage. when we saw it on slumdog millionaire we thought it was just a movie, but it is real.
Surely the Bangladesh police and intelligence services no the wherebouts of the gangs that commit child crime...shame its not important enough for them to remove this cancer IN THEIR MIDST. Violence againist children is lowest of the lowest crime...no matter how poor a society is, NO EXCUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I just did not realize this was such a large organized ring. I haves asked Sara Sidner for a way to help provide support directly to this child and his family. If she cannot help I will find a way through Anonymous contacts. I am willing to provide monthly support for this family for life.
@Tigerwoods: I apologize. I misunderstood your comment.
Why should anyone know what God intends to do to this gang and when He plans to do it? Are the athiestic blasters HIS boss or something? want a report? cmon..
This is so disturbing! Why is this happening to innocent children. It's not right and we should do something about it. Our society should not put up with this. I'm so sick to my stomach :S
i hardly ever watch the news cuz of how upsetting it is. i was working when i saw this, and cried. more than anything i wish there was something that we can do to help and support these children all over the world who are going through this. if we truely care about something like this shouldn't we try to help?
I saw the report on CNN today and I burst into tears. I was so angry but all I wanted to do was fly to that country hold that little boy in my arms and bring him home with me to the U.S. where I could protect him and take him away from all that evil. I kept thinking all day today if I could just get him I would just love him and "fix" him and get him all the help he needs. With all that has happened to him it was disturbing to hear him say the words that his tormentors should "be hanged."
This happens in Bangladesh all the time >>There are still thousands of kids on the streets of dhaka they are forced to beg...and the sum of their total earning is being taken by the local police man..low grade politician..it is hard to stop this kids from begging. For this certain reason the upper class people in bangladesh usually neglects to give money to this kids. The goverment is taking a large sum of taxes but is not helping these poor beggers . Thanks to cnn for making such a report . People of Bangladesh really wants this era to end>>>>KAISER HASAN ..frm BANGLADESH
check this out. see how Zimbabwe is dealing with the issue
check this out, see how ZImbabwe is dealing with the issue
It's stories like this that really make me wish I had the money to buy a nice costume and become a real life superhero... Hunt down some of these people the law can't or won't pursue and leave them as twisted, mangled corpses with a calling card.
Authorities and governement involved? This takes sick and twisted to an even lower lever. May these sick bastards rot in hell and get what's coming to them....
keep the video for the child until he is a man , educate him well , best to be a policeman , this will give him the opportunity to make his community better .
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About a month ago, I believe I heard a report on the news that Dutch police had rescued (200) (children); this would be perfect for the FREEDOM project to follow-up. And, e.g. ,Will there be prosecutions throughout the chain of perpetrators?
We, humans, should be ashamed this monstruosities are happening in the 21st Century. 3 years of encarcelation for kidnaping, torturing, mutilating and forcing children to beg to profit from them? Is this a joke? The Indian goverment must be forced to change this legislation, should be expelled from ONU untill a real protection to life especially to woman and children is inforced. Shame on them !
Buddy this was happned in Bangladesh though in India also same situation.
These kind of people deserve to die.KILL'EM ALL!
These people deserve to be killed.
it was happened at least 3 months ago.Why CNN so late,wereas CNN brings news within half an hour?!! Anyway thanks a lot to CNN to making this as a Global Agenda.I hope one day this World will be free of slevery.
Shame on myself and my Government to failing saves civilians right.Now our Government only can destroy good image Dr.Younus ia the wounderfull example of that how hasina pulled him out from his office because he told some truth against her.Sick Hasina,, shame on you,shame on ur Ministers,Your currupted supporters who are nothing but terrorist .Revolution will come soon that day i will be on the street and will demolish those terorists.I hate our politicians because ther also terrorists.
These people deserve to die
All these are the result of Bangladesh Currupted Government ,2 Nasty political parties ,they are giving us nothing but pain last 40 years,they have everything on other hand these childern don't have proper food.Show me single institute in Bangladeh where you can get your right without brivery.Even Prime minister take brivery from foreign investers followed by ministers.If you want to stop Slavery in Bangladesh you need to shoot them first.
I want to special thanks to CNN and Reporter.
I don't feel like arguing with folks, but a lot of you folks talk about American politics and other pointless foolishness and all I think about is a 7yr boy that had his head smashed with a brick, throat slit, stomach cut open, and his penis cut off. I am beside myself with anger for this boy. Who's cares about anything else this shouldn't happen to anyone anywhere.
Unfortunately slavery is very real. Even here in America, many slaves work in factories in Los Angeles and some children are kidnapped and taken into slavery in Toledo. We may not be able to tell but it is very present in America. Human trafficking is wrong, and those responsible for such crimes should be punished.
I just saw this on CNN. Is there a way to donate to this poor child.
Is there a way to donate directly to this poor child?
I saw similar situations in Thailand where I lived for about ten years. One girl kept ina massage parlour had been blocked and club hammered, her ankles broken so we was too scared to run away (back on her feet when I found her). I tried to get her out of the place she was attacked by some of their mafia I had to leave hearing her screaming her head off in terror this was in 2008 in Bangkok.
Will CNN give money to the poor parents so that they will not sell(adopt to others in honest way without letting their children call the persons who adopt them as parents) their children bec. they could not feed them?
I think CNN can help this 5 people I know before they going to sell their children as well as themselves for slavery bec. it's hard for them to find money for food and shelter. They just need $2,500 a month. Some of them already sold or give a child for the reason they could not feed them as well as shelter them. If you want some donation send to my friend Levi Cardenas of Ozamiz City, Philippines through Kwarta Padala with link to Moneygram and let me know through my email, email@example.com so I can contact him and then I will give it to them. Thank you.
I wish there was a simple answer. Unfortunately there isn't. Violence begets violence. Its a dead end street. This is not going to go away...it is the consequence of wars, poverty, disease. I would bet the gang members have been victims themselves at one point or another. Educating the public is tip of the iceberg but a beginning none the less. Financial assistance for victims hospitalilzation is one way. Check sites listed for donations. Volunteering services: teachers, nurses, doctors, advocates for change. Each and every one of us can assist...be it by donations, in service, or through the group power of positive thought aka prayer. See contact sites listed above. Stop chatting...act now!
BTW: thanks to person who posted the contact sites for action to assist in stopping the enslavement of our women and children. thanks to CNN, to celebrities who are donating their time, energy and monies to this shameful and evil, yes evil!! deprivation of human beings. Blessings to those with courage to place themselves in harms way for the sake of the victims. We are all connected...what happens to one happens to us all...we all share in the guilt when we look on and do nothing...we all share in the joy of victory when we joint together to stop the violence.
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OMG.... what kind of world are we in. You have similar stories in Africa... DRC, ethiopia, CAR, etc... what should we do.
I am too shocked to express my feeling.
Yes,I understand what happend,because I grow up with all those since 1960 until now!What did we not learn from our diferent school and our chrildren play,so that´s why I am (and many other) by the psykiatrick-shrink!Yes,I grow up by stepfamilies too and psy.terror marrieds but I didn´t no it not was our chrildren.I heard that from a hospital 2002,so it was a shock.I know about slavery,so I am free from that,I hope!!
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