Platform 8

Series 1, Beggar Off
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Do you give money to beggars? Presenter Reya El-Salahi doesn't know who she can trust and who she can't when it comes to handing over her pound. She's looking at the issue of begging on London streets, as she tries to work out who are the con artists and who are in genuine need. Reya spends time in a shelter to figure out what help is out there for those who have hit on hard times, as well as meeting ex- beggars who have turned their life around.  Reya also explores the issue of begging gangs with human trafficking expert Bernie Gravett. Determined to find out how easy is it to make money out of Londoners, Reya hits the streets and has a go at begging herself.

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