The anti-begging campaign by Dubai Police, which began on June 7, has exposed a new category of beggars, who stay in 5-star hotels in Dubai and enter the country on business visas, according to a report in ‘Emarat Al Youm’.
Dubai Police arrested 70 such beggars, said Colonel Mohammed Rashid Al Muhairi, Director, Tourism Security, CID.
They stand before mosques, malls and roam the streets in poor clothes, but otherwise dress according to their station.
Recalling an incident, Lieutenant Colonel Ali Salem, Director, Infiltrators and Illegal Department, CID, Dubai Police, said when cops nabbed an Arab woman she pleaded with officials not to arrest her as she is a mother of four kids and they are all alone. Police discovered the kids aged between three and nine years in a 5-star hotel.
She had entered the country on a business visa and paid hotel charges on a daily basis. Police seized Dhs13,000 from her. She claimed that her husband was suffering from some hardships and so she had come to beg and earn.
The woman has been referred to Public Prosecution.