Summer Scams in Full Flower

The scam: A sweet looking gypsy girl approaches with a smile asking you to sign a petition in favor of deaf-mutes. While you are occupied, her child colleagues pickpocket or otherwise rob you. This has been captured on film, documented in the press and observed and commented on by most reputable Paris bloggers. They used to hang out in front of the Comédie Française and rob kind-hearted tourists, one after another, all day long. After a strike by Louvre workers and a much publicized trial of a Rom human slave trafficker in children who were forced to steal, they briefly became less visible. However yesterday Rom girls were back at work collecting signatures and robbing tourists between Les Halles and the Pompidou Center.

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