Beggars targeted in nationwide sweep

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Street beggars of all ages were targeted in Pattaya, Sriracha and Chonburi as part of a Jan. 26-30 nationwide crackdown.

Somdet Nanudon, head of the Chonburi office of the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, said the Wat Chaimongkol Market, Tukcom and Beach Road were targeted in Pattaya.

Elsewhere in the province, beggars were rounded up in Sriracha, Ao Udom, Laem Chabang and Muang districts. Beggars had their profiles recorded and were warned not to continue panhandling.

Somdet Nanudon, head of the Chonburi office of the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security.Somdet Nanudon, head of the Chonburi office of the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security.

He said 80 percent of child beggars are found to be Cambodian children and the rest are Burmese, Laotian, and Thais, many of whom beg by playing music for tourists.

Most were released but solitary children were taken to shelters until their parents can be found. If none are located, they are sent to Ban Mit Maitree Children’s Home.

Alien children and their parents will be deported to their home countries.