This picture was taken very late in the evening in one of the narrow "Bar" streets of Albufeira in the Algarve of Portugal. The girl was about 7 or 8 years old and the baby was probably about 12 months. The child's "mother" or "minder" was a few yards down the very narrow pedestrian road also begging. She regularly collected money from the child and it amazed me how generous people were. The male "pimp" was also hanging around and collected cash from the woman. A sort of "family" business.
It makes one wonder if Madeleine could end up in such a position if she has actually been abducted?