A woman caught begging publicly in Abu Dhabi was seen driving a luxury car and had lots of cash on her when she was detained.
The woman was caught after being reported by a resident for suspected begging activity. After receiving the information, concerned authorities in the Abu Dhabi Police Department monitored her activity and found out that she always focused her begging activities around the front of mosques, a place where most people were most likely to donate money to her as a form of charity.
The woman was arrested and forwarded for legal prosecution activities
After completing her begging activity, she would walk a long way away from the area in which she begged, where she would have her car parked, and then drive off. The car she drove was the latest model of a luxury car, which truly shocked the authorities.
While arresting her, the police authorities also found lots of cash with her, the money she collected from people who donated to her without suspecting her genuineness.
Organized begging has become a common sight in recent times within the UAE. In fact, according to data available between November 6, 2022, and December 12, 2022, the Abu Dhabi Police managed to nab 159 beggars within the emirate. During the interrogation of the arrested beggars, police officials got the information that they were brought into the United Arab Emirates by gangs based in Asian and Arab countries to be a part of the organized begging activities in the emirate. Authorities have ramped up their campaigns and inspections in an effort to arrest these fraudsters and make sure that the people in the UAE don’t get cheated in such attempts.
The beggars usually pester residents with fabricated sad stories about their poverty, family needing assistance, being jobless, etc. Authorities in the UAE have repeatedly warned residents to not be carried away by such beggars and to report any such activity that they come across.
In the UAE, begging is an illegal activity. The authorities in the country have repeatedly pointed out that begging is a form of menace to society and degrades the civilized outlook of any society. Moreover, such activities by beggars can be collectively termed as fraud and their intention is not survival but to cheat innocent people out of their hard-earned money in the name of generosity.
In a country like UAE, wherein there are several humanitarian and social well-being projects to help the poor and needy, begging has become more of an organized activity that some people carry out to target the people in society.
The Anti-Begging laws implemented in the country at a federal level ensure that begging of any form does not happen within any emirate in the country.
According to the Federal Law No. 9 of 2018, any person who gets caught in the act of begging in any part of the United Arab Emirates will be arrested and legally prosecuted for the activity. The jail time sentence for any individual caught begging will be at least three months and also a minimum fine of AED 5000 will be charged.
If anyone caught begging is found to be part of an organized network focusing on begging activity, then they will face jail time not less than six months and will also have to pay a fine that will be at least AED 100,000.
The aim of the law against begging in the UAE is to preserve the image of the United Arab Emirates as a civilized society, protect the society from the hands of frauds and other criminals that try to cheat people out of their money, and fight the activities related to begging or organized begging.
Under UAE Public Prosecution’s discretion, people who are caught by the authorities under the accusation of begging, if qualified for social welfare assistance, can be referred to the competent authorities such as the Ministry of Community Development in the UAE to get support for living in the society or get training so that the beggars can find some employment that fits them best.
If you find suspicious activities related to begging, then you can report the same by the following options.
- If you’re reporting from the emirate of Abu Dhabi, then dial 999 or 8002626 (800Aman). You can also choose to send an SMS to the number 2828 or email your concern to the email address at [email protected]
- In case you are reporting begging activity in the emirate of Dubai, then you can do the same by dialing 8004888, 800243, or 901.
- For reporting suspicious begging activities in the emirate of Sharjah, dial 06-5631111, 06-5632222, or 901.
- Dial 07-2053372 for reporting begging suspicions in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.
- You can dial 06-7034310 to report begging fraud activities in Ajman.
- If you wish to report begging activities in Umm Al Quwain, dial 999.
- To report beggars in the emirate of Fujairah, dial 09-2224411 or 09-2051100.
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