The begging business

BEGGARS continue to operate in Dubai despite a crackdown by the police on them. Although Dubai police has arrested about 850 beggars since the beginning of this year, there are still a number of these mendicants who still ask people for gifts of money or food, especially on the street.

By The Monitor

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Published: Mon 26 Dec 2005, 9:45 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:25 PM

A more refined type of beggars are those who knock on the doors to sell cassette tapes and make collections of money ostensibly for the earthquake's victims.

Definitely, the police officials will not send a detective to stand opposite each building in order to monitor and nab the beggars.

The question that we should ask is how do these beggars enter the country? What kind of visas do they get? And which are the companies that sponsor them?

In fact, we called upon the officials to take strict and severe measures to ban these companies which obtain visas for this kind of people. We advise the sponsors to properly screen the visitors before proceeding to secure a visa for him or her.

The new phenomenon that has emerged nowadays is that someone can pay a great amount of money to a certain company, as he is a businessman or a tourist, so as to issue him a visa.

Eventually, we asked the officials to adopt strict procedures to put an end to the phenomenon of beggary.

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