Accusations of ‘professional’ begging are misleading, intended to demonise those who beg as deceitful.
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Last week seven people were arrested for being alleged members of a begging 'syndicate'. Stories like this entrench public perceptions of the homeless as criminal.
Whether it's through begging or building shelters, homeless people are trying to make their lives better.
Street-connected children use begging as a livelihood strategy.
As Addis Ababa develops into a modern city, beggars are increasingly being treated like public nuisances and criminals.
People have always asked for alms, including the men depicted in this 17th-century European etching.
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The courts are saying that down-and-out Americans have a right to seek curbside alms despite efforts to ban the practice. Two scholars have come up with an alternative to anti-panhandling ordinances.
Under pressure from media coverage like this, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle wants to ban people from sleeping on Melbourne’s streets.
Bans are ineffective when used against populations that have nowhere else to go. Importantly, research shows that punitive approaches to the homeless cost more than supported housing strategies.
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