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Around 242 Beggars Detained Since Beginning of Ramadan

 | 16/8/2012 01:14 PM

August 16 (LP)- Ministry of Social Development’s anti-vagrancy department has detained 242 beggars during the past 27 days of Ramadan.

The ministry said it has carried out 102 anti-vagrancy campaigns in that period, during which 232 adults were apprehended, 141 of them women and 91 men, in addition to 10 teenage boys.

Of the total apprehended beggars, 98 per cent are Jordanians and 2 per cent hold the Syrian nationality.

According to the Ministry of Social Development, giving to beggars and peddlers discourages them from seeking out legitimate jobs.

The ministry’s spokesperson, Fawaz Ratrout, said that the number of vagrants usually increases during Ramadan.

He explained that the majority of peddlers are not impoverished and consider peddling a job.

Anti-vagrancy authorities detained 950 beggars and peddlers in the first six months of this year, according to Ratrout.

In Ramadan last year, authorities detained 329 beggars and street peddlers from across the Kingdom.

 

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