HAVING recently seen a copy of a Chinese language magazine, I was appalled to read the article on child begging in Shenzhen. It appears that babies as young as eight months are often kidnapped or bought from the provinces and left in small naked bundles on the pavements to earn money for the scum who are their keepers. People routinely pass these emaciated babies while queuing for buses and going about their business; people including the police, people including local officials and presumably people who are members of whatever welfare or humanitarian organisations exist in China, if any. Like dog excrement on the pavement these babies are stepped over, walked around, avoided, ignored - given time they'll go away. And go away they do, when one is too sick, too much of a burden, he (though more often 'she') is disposed of and replaced by a new baby from a different village and so the sickening cycle of exploitation, torture and death continues. As a father and a human being I cannot accurately express my disgust at this situation and my contempt for those responsible both directly and indirectly. The gangs are obviously well organised, the blatant, public abuse of an eight-month-old baby girl in broad daylight is not possible without greasing the right palms. However, I believe that there are people in China and Hong Kong with the right connections, political and economical clout, determination and heart to bring this shameless activity to an end. With this in mind may I appeal to your newspaper and its readers to help find ways of bringing this tragedy to the notice of the public, that pressure may be brought upon the Shenzhen authorities to eradicate this terrible situation. For my own part I am prepared to be a part of any movement which will see an end to this suffering, but have so far failed to find any individual or group willing to get involved. If you are in a position to help, please contact me through this newspaper.