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KUALA LUMPUR: They sit by the roadside at morning and night markets, begging from the public by using their disability to gain sympathy. Apparently, this ruse worked because on a daily basis, they managed to collect a whopping RM500 to RM1,000.
However, these beggars were busted when police arrested seven of them all China nationals during a morning raid yesterday.
A taxi driver was also nabbed during the operation.
The China nationals all men aged between 27 and 38 were either one legged or have only one hand due to accidents or were born handicapped.
City police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohmad Salleh said the beggars were nabbed when police stopped a taxi during a special operation in Jalan Pudu here and four of them were in it.
He said the taxi driver then led police to a budget hotel nearby where they arrested another three disabled men.
It is learnt the taxi driver’s duty was to send the beggars to locations to beg and take them back to their hotel.
“The taxi driver is not the mastermind but we believe he is part of the syndicate.
“We are questioning the taxi driver,” he said, adding that the case was being investigated under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.
Initial investigations revealed that the China nationals entered the country on social visit passes.
The modus operandi of the group was to go to their destination in pairs every day to beg.
DCP Salleh said they were investigating how much the mastermind took from the beggars’ daily takings.
He said they wanted to go home but were not allowed by the mastermind, also a China national, who is holding their passports.