Beg­ging syn­di­cate crip­pled

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: The next time you see a beg­gar don’t turn a blind eye, as they may be vic­tims of hu­man traf­fick­ing syn­di­cates who are us­ing them to beg.

In the lat­est op­er­a­tion to crack down on such syn­di­cates, po­lice foiled a group ex­ploit­ing crip­pled peo­ple from China, forc­ing them to beg at morn­ing mar­kets and streets in Se­lan­gor and KL city cen­tre.

City po­lice chief com­mis­sioner Datuk Amar Singh Ishar Singh said in the op­er­a­tion, which be­gan at 4.30am yes­ter­day, the Anti-Vice, Gam­ing and Se­cret So­ci­eties Di­vi­sion (D7) rounded up sev­eral tax­ies fer­ry­ing at least 14 dis­abled beg­gars in Pe­tal­ing Street.

Po­lice learnt that the racket was run by a man who is a Chi­nese na­tional, and was aided by an agent and five taxi driv­ers.

“The beg­gars are in their 20s and 50s.

“A po­lice team had car­ried out sur­veil­lance af­ter a pub­lic tip-off at a night mar­ket near here, and an op­er­a­tion was con­ducted where the 44-year-old mas­ter­mind was nabbed at a bud­get ho­tel,” he told re­porters at the po­lice con­tin­gent head­quar­ters here yes­ter­day.

The agent and taxi driv­ers were picked up when they were send­ing the beg­gars to work at morn­ing mar­kets in Pu­chong Jaya, Kin­rara, Alam Da­mai and Ta­man Mi­dah, and as far as Pan­dama­ran in Klang and Sun­gai Pelek in Sepang.

Amar Singh said the vic­tims were forced to col­lect at least RM700 a day.

Half of the earn­ings would go to the syn­di­cate mem­bers while the vic­tims keep the re­main­ing half to pay for their food, trans­port and shel­ter. – by Ashwin Ku­mar

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