In February, 2010, the BBC aired a 5 part series on gypsy children pickpockets who target both tourists and locals all across Europe . This is a very interesting expose on the issue of child pickpockets.
This 5 part special provides great video footage on child pickpockets who target tourists around Europe, including Barcelona Spain, Italy, and other European locations. While this BBC special takes a more social view on the issue of gypsy children – especially the fact that most are forced into a life of crime – mainly pickpocketing – you get a different taste of issue as it may impact you when traveling overseas.
You will also be provided information regarding why child pickpockets are not arrested and prosecuted in Europe – which is one of the largest reason why child pickpockets are so prevalent in Europe.
Anyone going to Europe should watch the below video series to understand how to recognized and avoid child pickpockets. This is an unfortunate, but real issues that impacts tourists across Europe.