Begging syndicate crippled
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