Ho Chi Minh City recommends not giving money to beggars

Ho Chi Minh City recommends not giving money to beggars

The HCM City government urges people not to give beggars money on roads, public places and gateways.



A beggar at the crossroads of Nguyen Thi Minh Khai - Cach Mang Thang 8, District 1. Photo: Huu Khoa.

A beggar at the crossroads of Nguyen Thi Minh Khai - Cach Mang Thang 8, District 1. Photo: Huu Khoa.



Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs of Ho Chi Minh City has just proposed that the people of Ho Chi Minh City help the beggars and wandering through the charity organizations or socio-political organizations. Giving money directly will cause beggars to appear more in the city.



Districts are required to make a list of areas where people are often beggars, live in public places, plan on settling, or place in social protection centers. Neighborhoods with lots of temporary residents must be screened for the elderly, or unaccompanied children - likely being forced to beg for self-seeking by criminals .



The move was launched by the Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, due to the re-export of beggars on roads, public places and city gateways. Many children and the elderly eat, sleep at the traffic lights to hang on, begging for money for travelers and tourists. In addition, many foreigners also beg for food in the heart of Saigon and crowded entertainment and recreation areas. They speak English, or hold a board to write foreign languages ​​with Vietnamese.



According to the Decision 49/2014 of Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee, all beggars and vagrants must be taken to social protection centers. In 2018 alone, 1,800 people were brought into these centers. The situation of beggars in the city has decreased but recently relapsed.



In addition to recommending not to give money to beggars on the street, the Department of Labor - Invalids and Social Affairs also provides 2 hotlines for people to report this situation to the authorities to handle.



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