Chil­dren used in scams

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UAE res­i­dents have been urged to wary of child beggars ask­ing for money for items in­clud­ing school books and spec­ta­cles, as po­lice record a spike in such scams dur­ing Ra­madan.

Pros­e­cu­tors in Dubai is­sued the alert af­ter two chil­dren aged un­der 10 were caught.

It emerged that their aunt had brought them to the UAE for a visit - but only to put them to work.

The young­sters were first stopped by po­lice in a mar­ket­place but they de­nied they were beg­ging.

“But cops later caught them beg­ging in an­other area,” a pros­e­cu­tor told an Ara­bic lan­guage news­pa­per.

The Arab hus­band of the chil­dren’s aunt, who was found to be ex­ploit­ing the chil­dren by send­ing them to ask for hand­outs, was also de­tained.

Pros­e­cu­tors said she per­suaded her sis­ter to bring the chil­dren to the UAE for that pur­pose, though they did not state what na­tion­al­ity the fam­ily was.

“The chil­dren’s mother was shocked when she learned that her kids were be­ing used in beg­ging with­out her knowl- By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo edge,” the pros­e­cu­tor said.

The mother told of­fi­cers that her brother-in-law would take the chil­dren for an evening walk in the city ev­ery night.

Col Mo­hammed Rashid Bin Su­rai, Di­rec­tor of the Tourism Se­cu­rity Depart­ment, said: “The beggars may trick peo­ple by ask­ing for money for sim­ple things like school books for their chil­dren, spec­ta­cles, etc.”

Dubai Po­lice said they have ar­rested 35 beggars dur­ing Ra­madan. Abu Dhabi Po­lice also de­tained 62 peo­ple in the first week of the Holy Month.

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