Anti-vagrant monitors will now be equipped with mobile cameras

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AMMAN — The director of the Anti-Vagrancy Department at the Ministry of Social Development, Abdel Basit Khawaldeh, emphasized that the directorate conducts daily campaigns to combat begging in both east and west Amman, in cooperation with the Public Security Directorate and relevant authorities, such as the Greater Amman Municipality.اضافة اعلان

He also noted that monitors in the field of anti-begging will be equipped with small cameras, precise and with a 360-degree view angle, inside the buses used by the anti-begging teams and campaign supporters, Amman Net reported.

He called for raising awareness among citizens and not sympathizing with professional beggars, as this reduces the spread of this phenomenon in society, emphasizing not engaging with these beggars.

Systematic crime
Khawaldeh said in an interview with the Public Security Radio on Thursday that coordination is underway with the Greater Amman Municipality to conduct joint campaigns against begging, with an emphasis on the practice of selling items at traffic signals.

He pointed out that these campaigns target many hotspots, such as the Deir Ghbar intersection, and previously, a group of individuals attempting to circumvent the law by claiming to be selling items at traffic signals were apprehended. It was discovered, in cooperation with the Public Security Directorate, that one of the individuals arrested had 135 prior convictions.
He added that most of the individuals engaged in begging and selling items at traffic signals have criminal records, and they engage in begging systematically, which is considered a form of human trafficking, especially involving children.

Child labor laws
Khawaldeh emphasized that labor laws prohibit the employment of children under the age of 16 in sales, due to the many risks they could be exposed to, such as abduction, exploitation, and human trafficking, among others.

He also stressed that labor laws require children between the ages of 16 and 18 to work in a safe environment and obtain parental consent for employment. Their working hours should be limited to 6 hours with a break hour.