A girl sits in a park in Bucharest, Romania.
Children from vulnerable ethnic groups are sometimes trafficked into forced beggary.
Adrian* is a 16-year-old boy in Romania who was abducted by traffickers as a baby.
The first thing I remember was when I was about six, in Spain. I would beg and steal. I would eat leftovers. I had to beg near a supermarket.
In Spain, I lived in a garage with my “false family.” Everyone else had a bed. I slept on the floor. Because I tried to run away so much, they chained me at night.
On some days, I made hundreds of euros each day. I tried to hide money, but they knew, so they beat me.
When I was 11, I went with my false family back to Romania. One night when they were asleep, I took the train to Bucharest. Then I found my real mother.
ADPARE (a Caritas Bucharest partner) helped me. If not for ADPARE, I wouldn’t have so much support. I wouldn’t have recovered so fast.
Now I live with my mother and her family. I go to school and play football. I like science. I was in the Physics Olympiad.
*Name has been changed.