When WNBC-TV attempted to interview the women, though, the outlet was met with resistance, as they either walked away, got physical with reporters or delivered a “lewd gesture.”
George McDonald, a former Republican New York City mayoral candidate and the founder of the Doe Fund, a group that helps the homeless, said that his organization has been monitoring these women and they they have repeatedly refused help.
“This is a scam — a business. It’s a group of women who who trade off the same children. They work in shifts,” he told WNBC-TV. “We have a network of service providers who would help them if they wanted help, which they do not.”
While these women are legally permitted to panhandle on the streets, begging isn’t allowed in the subway system — and there’s apparently a state law in New York that bars them from panhandling with children, treating it as a misdemeanor.
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