Dubai Police arrested a total of 128 for begging during Ramadan
Dubai Police arrested a foreign woman who managed to raise $50,000 through social media sites during Ramadan.
The foreign woman set up social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter seeking money to help with the raising of her children, with images used to entice people to donate. The campaign raised $50,000 during 17 days of Ramadan before she was detected by Dubai Police.
Brigadier Jamal Salem Al-Jallaf, director of the Department of Public Investigation and Criminal Investigation at Dubai Police, revealed that 128 other beggars - 85 males and 43 females – were arrested 19 of whom were residents, managing to raise in excess of AED38,000 ($10,000).
Al-Jallaf said with the growing popularity of social networking sites, some people began begging to beg for accounts of disease, disability or poverty, but his department recently dealt with a new type of communication.
”A Gulf national filed a complaint against his ex-wife who published photos of the children saying they are living with him, but she was using the photos to gain sympathy of potential donors to help her to secure their expenses, especially after she claimed she was a victim of a failed marriage and had to raise children, and she thought that no one will find out,” Al-Jallaf said.
“But the ex-husband was surprised by telephone calls of his relatives in his home country, asking him about his dire condition, especially after they were touched by the pictures of his children published on Facebook, to immediately submit a report through the [Dubai Police] platform, ‘eCrime’, which revealed the that his former foreign wife had set up several pages on social networking sites, defaming children and tarnishing his reputation, and managed to earn $50,000 in 17 days begging through "networking sites."