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Homeless Beatings Widespread on YouTube

Videos of homeless people, subject to brutal beatings and forced into humiliating acts, are apparently becoming more popular online according to a report released by the AFP. The videos are so horrible that US lawmakers are now taking action against the filmmakers, seeking harsher penalties for hate crimes against those poor and hungry souls living off the streets.

The National Coalition for the Homeless is disgusted over the videos, calling the homeless population "the new minority group." The NCH points to YouTube where 86,000 "degrading" videos of homeless people resided during July, 15,000 more than last year's count. 5,700 of those videos depict "burn fights" where homeless were convinced to battle each other for a pack of beers or a few bucks.

The AFP also reports that the homeless video trend originated in 2001, depicting fights among homeless people or urging them to jump into trash bins from large heights. These videos have found their way onto DVD, with more than 6.8 million sold over the last eight years.

"This is exploiting people when they are at their lowest point," said Andrew Davis, who used to live on the streets of Washington D.C. "Right now, the homeless have no voice. We need to prevent these things and the community has to be vigilant."