Mother exploits beggar boy

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CHILD BEGGING: Relatively common in Spain.

A WOMAN has been arrested in Alicante City for allegedly leaving her underage son in the street to beg for money.

The woman, who is a 36-year-old Romanian, was taken into custody on Saturday December 3 after citizens reported seeing a child sitting with an empty box and asking for money on a street in the city centre. 

Several witnesses indicated that they had seen the child in the same spot on more than one occasion, and that they had also seen the woman leave the boy in the street and then head into different shops.

The woman is now accused of several crimes including exploitation of a minor for the purpose of begging.

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