An Elmo character (left) uses a woman's camera to photographer her with a Cookie Monster character in New York's Times Square on April 9, 2013. A string of arrests in the last few months has brought unwelcome attention to the growing number of people, mostly poor immigrants, who make a living by donning character outfits, roaming Times Square and charging tourists a few dollars to pose with them in photos. (Associated Press)

Photo by: Richard Drew

An Elmo character (left) uses a woman's camera to photographer her with a Cookie Monster character in New York's Times Square on April 9, 2013. A string of arrests in the last few months has brought unwelcome attention to the growing number of people, mostly poor immigrants, who make a living by donning character outfits, roaming Times Square and charging tourists a few dollars to pose with them in photos. (Associated Press)