The Homeless Women with Babies

I rarely look up from my school work when I’m on the train, but recently something has grabbed my attention and refused to let go: Homeless women carrying babies while pan-handling on the train. Are they really benign beggars in need of help or is there something else going on here?

Notice how I said “women” and not “a woman.” That’s right. I’ve seen more than one. In fact, the startling thing is, I think I’ve seen around five distinct women carrying a baby begging for money on the subway. It seems too strange to be a coincidence that suddenly all these women show up on the subway suddenly in need of money. But there are other things that smell fishy here. Continue reading