Cambodian – Child Pickpockets

In lower socio-economic societies children are often exploited by adults. The children are trained to distract and steal from tourists and then to give the money to the adult exploiting them. There are several benefits to this; tourists do not perceive children as threats and will often volunteer to open their bags to give them coins or candy. Children’s hands are small are less likely than an adult’s hand to be felt sneaking into a pocket.  If caught stealing children are often not arrested. Tourists should be wary and remember that cute, friendly children may be thieves. Watch this video to see how Young these child pickpockets are trained.