Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Kids Today, With Their Hair and Their Organized Crime


"Baby Gangs," made up of criminals under the age of 14, are on the rise in Italy, spreading from the North into the South. These gangs of cute li'l bastards are thieves, for the most part. The tradition is for them to be pickpockets (who hasn't heard of the child pickpockets of Rome?) but as the gangs get bigger they seem to be branching into more ugly crimes, such as mugging.

And, of course, their profits get pumped up into the coffers of older men who are happy to get rich of the backs of thieving children. Pimpin' ain't easy, right?

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