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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.

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