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179 beggars arrested in April
By Petra - May 08,2012 - Last updated at May 08,2012
AMMAN — The Ministry of Social Development’s anti-vagrancy committees arrested 179 beggars in April.
The ministry carried out 112 anti-vagrancy raids last month, during which 147 adults were apprehended, 97 of them female and 50 male.
Also, 32 juveniles were arrested for begging, including 18 males.
The adults will be prosecuted under the Penal Code, while the juveniles will be prosecuted under the Juveniles Law.
Ministry of Social Development personnel have detained 57 beggars during the first week of Ramadan.
The Ministry of Social Development’s anti-vagrancy department cannot combat the problem of begging without the help of other authorities, a ministry official said on Tuesday.
The Ministry of Social Development on Sunday urged the public not to encourage street peddlers and beggars whose numbers increase during the holy month of Ramadan.
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