Beggars busted by cops
Police in Sharjah have arrested almost 20 beggars and street vendors as they crack down on the illegal practices. Most beggars exploit people’s religious and charitable sentiments to make easy money, a police officer said. He added that those caught had either entered the country illegally or fled from their sponsor. The suspects are all Asians, Sharjah Police said. The force urged the public to help them tackle begging by not giving money to beggars. They also advised people to report such begging by calling 999 or 06 562 3322, or the toll-free number 800 151. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org.