Anti-begging campaign arrests 389 beggars, 235 minors

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AMMAN — The capital recorded the highest number of beggars caught in a country-wide Anti-begging campaign carried out by the Ministry of Social Development last week.اضافة اعلان

In all, 389 beggars were netted, 12 of them were found to receive retirement pensions, 13 own vehicles.

Ninety-two beggars were arrested in Amman, 44 adults, five were non-Jordanians, and 48 were minors, seven of the children were not Jordanians. The anti-vagrancy teams have caught a total of 235 child beggars across the kingdom, and only 154 adults. 

In a press release on Monday, the Ministry of Social Development said that 102 employees have participated in the campaign using 33 busses. 

The Ministry's data revealed that among those arrested were some individuals charged in murders and state security cases, in addition to various other crimes.

The campaign netted a total 185 beggars in the south region, 34 adults and 159 juveniles.

The ministry's records revealed that 12 of those arrested received social security pensions ranging from 300JDs to 700JDs, 13 of those arrested owned private cars, and one owned an a business enterprise.

Necessary legal measures have been taken against the detainees and they have been detained in the specialized security centers.

The ministry confirmed that anti-begging campaigns are continuing in all governorates of the kingdom in cooperation with the ministries of interior, justice, local administration, and public security, as well as with the Secretariat of Greater Amman Municipality, to reduce the incidence of begging in the country. 

The ministry called on all citizens not to give beggars any sums of money, as they engage in begging to earn money but have no genuine need and are defrauding people.

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