"Foreign criminals are trafficking children as young as three months old into Britain and using them to defraud the benefits system of millions of pounds, a Sunday Times investigation has found.
Children are taken from their families, brought to Britain and used for fraudulent benefit claims involving forged immigration documents and employment records.
In many cases the children are trafficked with the complicity of their parents. They are trained in street crime and placed with unrelated adults to enable fake benefit claims to be paid into accounts controlled by the trafficker.
nemployed Romanians arriving in the UK are not typically entitled to benefits, but the gangs forge documents providing false work histories and obtain National Insurance numbers. The children are used to claim additional housing benefit, tax credits and child benefit. They can also be presented to council officials or benefit investigators conducting checks."
Gangs import children for benefit fraud - Times Online
Under strict rules imposed when Romania and Bulgaria joined the European Union in January 2007, new arrivals to Britain from those countries are typically unable to claim benefits for themselves or their children.
Claims can, however, be made by the self-employed who have National Insurance numbers and by those who have worked in the country for 12 months.
The Romanian gangs use a variety of documents to prove adults are eligible for benefits – and then use the trafficked children in this country to boost the claims.
Tandarei: The faraway town fat on UK benefit fraud - Times Online
Little doubt the same gangs have targeted Ireland with Romanians standing just behind Nigerians in the foreign nationals claiming rent allowance. Meanwhile our treacherous media and cowardly politicians refuse to move against the Roma gangs who flood our streets with street beggars and those engaged in distraction theft and other street crime.