Rental markets in everything

by on August 19, 2010 at 9:04 pm in Economics | Permalink

…parents in nearby Johannesburg were themselves renting their children to beggars for as little as 20 Rand a day – just under £2.

The full story is here and I thank James Jenkins for the pointer.

1 Jonathan M. F. Catalán August 19, 2010 at 9:06 pm

In a country with 24%+ unemployment, this doesn’t surprise me.

2 Careless August 19, 2010 at 11:03 pm

Indonesian children sell their services as passengers in cars allowing the driver to use the carpool lanes. Good work for a kid in poverty, until you wind up in the wrong car.

3 JT August 20, 2010 at 3:17 am

Bill has a good point. South Africa has, after all, successfully implemented a complete free market. It ranks #2 or 3 on the Heritage Foundation’s free market ratings. So, given that this behavior occurs in this libertarian fantasy land, I’d say that this is pretty stunning proof that free market capitalism is undesirable.

4 farmer August 20, 2010 at 8:21 am


zimbos might not be the #1 problem facing s.a., but they aren’t far from it

5 Geoge McCandless August 20, 2010 at 9:39 am

I have read reports in the local newspapers that it is a common
practice in the villas of Buenos Aires to rent out very young babies
to beggars. The babies are then given drugs to keep them asleep while
the beggar totes them between cars at traffic lights.

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