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I've recently come back to Australia from a trip to India and the hardest question that I've been asked is "How was your trip?” This small question brings into mind so many memories of the good, the bad and the downright inhumane! I simply reply: "It was an experience".

This beggar and child saw us from a distance of about 800meters and followed us all the way through the crowded market and the busy streets. It was as though white skin resembled money in her eyes. It was difficult to take pictures such as this however I am comforted knowing that this photo and these following words will contribute towards exposure of this scam in India.

This epidemic, and yes I use the term epidemic, as that is exactly what it is, is in most cases absolutely disgusting. Hear me out..

At first I would give to every beggar I saw on the road (thinking myself to be capable of helping these poor souls), however I was soon to realise it was all a scam. This is what our guide, a man of 60 who had lived in Karol Bagh all his life, told me:

Under penalty of death, torture, or mutilation; these people are made to go and 'hire' a child for the day (to seem more appealing) and then plead for money in the streets. Underground organisations are formed who do exactly this and reap huge profits from their 'employees'. In turn these 'employees' are kept safe.

Now here's the moral dilemma: do I give her money and rest assured that she’ll sleep in warmth for one more night, or do I ignore her and contribute toward abolishing this profit making business which feeds off human sympathy?

REPOSTED COMMENT: I think you were right about making it a portrait shot rather than the landscape. I tried to brighten the shadows but it seems to become too bright then. Thanks for taking the time to help out!
Shiv

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