RUMANIA: Child Labor

When in need of more child workers than they have whelped themselves, tough Rumanian gypsies and hard-fisted peasants sometimes buy a "child slave" from professional kidnappers. Such a snatcher was feeble, wheezing Katinka Barbalate, 35, who was finally caught at lessy last week. Police nabbed her on a blanket charge of "kidnapping hundreds of children and selling them to gypsies and peasants."

Third-degree technique in Rumania is Grade A, and coughing Katinka soon confessed to 25 specific kidnappings and sales involving girls aged between 7 and 9. Chief factor in the...