How con artists on the streets of Manhattan are using a network of children to earn more money... and they're not even homeless
A network of female beggars on the streets of New York have been exposed as working together using young children to appeal for cash while refusing available city services for shelter and food.
An investigation by NBC New York followed the group of at least nine women for one month, gathering footage that suggests they are not homeless and are even trading off the children among themselves to exploit donations from passers-by.
The women sit separately on the busy streets and subways of Manhattan's bustling Midtown neighborhood, but videos secretly filmed over the course of a few weeks showed them meeting for lunch, shopping, sharing ice cream and talking among themselves.
At night they take the subway together back to the same building in East New York, Brooklyn, NBC News reported.