Begging at traffic lights in Palma. | Alejandro Sepúlveda
A Romanian gang is behind the presence of well over fifty beggars in Palma. Also Romanian and of Romani ethnicity, the beggars generally suffer from some form of disability and operate on the streets, at traffic lights and outside supermarkets. This "mafia" is said to control around 95% of beggars in the city; only two or three of them are Spanish.