05/06/2011 03:54 pm ET | Updated Jul 06, 2011

Boy In Bangladesh Mutilated For Refusing To Beg; Helps Reveal Crime Ring (VIDEO)

A young boy clings to his father as he bravely describes being brutally beaten by a group of men after he refused to join their gang of children who earns money for them by begging on the streets of Bangladesh.

The 7-year-old's identity is concealed because investigators say his testimony has been key in revealing the gang activity CNN reports. Two suspects have confessed to the crime, saying the gang injures and even starves children because passersby will give these children more money.

After the young boy told his captors that he would tell his father and the police, the men bashed his head with a brick and cut parts of his body.

"Pain, I felt pain," he said. "They took me into an alley. I didn't want to go, but they snatched me up."

The young boy's case went ignored until his father asked for the help of attorney Alena Khan of the Bangladesh Human Rights Foundation.

Still, there are children involved with the gang who haven't been found. The government banned begging in 2009, but it's not strongly enforced, CNN reports.


At this time, there's not an opportunity to donate to Khan's organization Bangladesh Human Rights Foundation. But click below to give to a similar effort, the Bangladesh Human Rights Watch.

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