FNC PASSES ANTI-BEGGING FEDERAL LAW
ABU DHABI —Anyone caught begging in the UAE will be slapped with a Dh5,000 fine and up to three months in jail. And for those who run rackets promoting begging, they will face a fine of Dh100,000 and up to six months in jail.
The Federal National Council (FNC), on Tuesday, announced that it has passed an anti-begging Federal Law. The Council said the new law, which comes into effect ahead of the holy month of Ramadan, aims to put an end to beggary.
During the cabinet meeting, FNC members said anyone who is caught begging, yet is proven to have an income and is in good health, will receive the maximum punishment that is possible.
And for those who recruit workers as beggars, they too will face a minimum of six months in jail and a fine starting from Dh100,000.
Just last month, the UAE saw its first case of exploitation of people of determination involving begging by an Asian national, who coerced 15 male victims into begging.