Children used in scams
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.