Begging… To Give, or Not to Give?

Giving money to child beggars is the least generous thing a tourist can do

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To give or not to give is an often-asked question, especially when traveling in developing regions of the world.  How can one say ‘no’ to sad eyes and outstretched hands?  How can you say ‘no’ and do it with kindness and humanity?

Below, we share an excellent article in Slate.com by Jillian Keenan titled: “Keep The Change”.  She focuses on a particularly heinous crime of ‘organized begging’.

Organized begging is one of the most visible forms of human trafficking—and it’s largely financed and enabled by good-hearted people who just want to help.

And, it is found in countries ALL OVER the world.  No country is immune from human trafficking.

Please read this story.  Please share with us your thoughts.

http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2013/09/giving_money_to_child_beggars_don_t_do_it.html

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About Joe Staiano

I believe that meaningful travel can change the world! I am passionate about the power that meaningful travel has in affecting positive economic, environmental and social development.

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