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The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security will take to the street for the third time to take beggars off the streets.
According to Ministry of Social Development and Human Security Spokesperson Anusan Theingthong, 431 beggars were found on the streets of Bangkok during the first two cleanup operations, which took place place in October and November last year.
190 of those picked up were Thais and the remaining 241 were foreigners. The Thai beggars will receive health and mental checks before they are sent to a rehab center or a homeless shelter. The rest, all foreign nationals, will be subjected to immigration law.
The Ministry is now on the 3rd day of its 3rd operation, which will end on January 30th. It is also working with the Royal Thai Police, the Ministry of Interior, the Office of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, and the Ministry of Public Health.
The Ministry is using a 3-point approach in dealing with the street beggars. A committee would be set up in every province to help victims of human trafficking.
They would also be encouraged to look for jobs and people would be asked not to give money to beggars.