Child pickpockets trained in Iasi, taken to Paris to steal for parasitic parents

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The Directorate for Organised Crime and Terror Investigation (DIICOT) and anti-organised crime police are conducting on Monday 25 home searches in the counties of Iasi, Neamt and Prahova to dismantle a child trafficking ring; the Paris Judicial Police Directorate concomitantly unfolds a large scale action to track members of the same ring.

The investigation is targeted against roughly 120 persons residing in Romania and France, of whom more than 70 are minors aged between 10 and 13, DIICOT said in a release.

Evidence showed that a criminal group specializing in child trafficking was acting in the eastern cities of Iasi and Roman. The members of the group exploited their own children aged between 10 and 13, forcing them into pocket or purse picking, or shoplifting. The minors' parents led a parasitic living off the constant theft proceeds of their children. The members of the criminal group exploited their minor children both in Iasi and in Paris, the release said.

The children were trained in Iasi and then taken to Paris in several Roma camps, from where their own parents were guiding them into criminal activities. Apart from having the way of action and stolen objects' hiding places set by their parents, the children also had daily target amounts to accomplish. DIICOT requested information from the French authorities in 2016 and a joint investigation task force was set up to collect evidence on the respective criminal activities. The entire investigation had logistic and financial support from EUROJUST.AGERPRES(RO — author: George Onea, editor: Oana Popescu; EN — author: Simona Klodnischi, editor: Maria Voican; online editor: Maria Voican)

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