The president of Met.ro, the company running the underground railway in Rome, has promised to increase security on the network to reduce the numbers of beggars and pickpockets. Unaccompanied Romany children who are begging and stealing, particularly from unwary tourists, will be stopped from entering the underground if they do not have a valid ticket. A special unit from the city social services will be on patrol to pick up children, to check who they are with and to ascertain if they are being forced to beg and steal. The city has employed 140 people as part of a new special unit. The councillor for social affairs, Raffaela Milano, has reminded the public that between 09.00-18.00 every day, they can report cases of unaccompanied children begging in the city by telephoning 060606.
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