An investigation by Malaysian online news channel The Star has uncovered a “beggar gang” run by Chinese gangsters that specializes in kidnapping children, disfiguring them and forcing them to beg on the streets of Kuala Lumpur.
Working alongside a group of Malaysian accomplices, the gang, headed by two Chinese brothers is said to have links in both Dongguan and Zhengzhou. Information about the gang was obtained from interviews with two Chinese beggars both suffering severe physical deformities. Reporters from The Star followed these individuals through the crowded streets of Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown, finding at least 30 physically deformed beggars “belonging” to the operation at tourist hotspots along the way.
One of the beggars, 33-year-old Xiu Yuan, told reporters that he had been born healthy, but was later crippled by the gang when he was a child and had been kept captive for many years before being allowed to travel abroad. Presumably, he was begging on the streets of China until being given the “privilege” of going overseas.