Claims that an & # 39; organized syndicate & # 39; of & # 39; fake beggars & # 39; pretends to be homeless on the streets of Melbourne – up to $ 400 EVERY per day
- Shocking images uploaded to Reddit on Monday show various Asians begging
- All beggars caught on the camera immediately cover their faces and walk away
- Image material has been uploaded to Reddit, whereby the user says that this occurs regularly
- A study in 2015 found that some professional beggars earn $ 300- $ 400 a day
There are claims that an & # 39; organized syndicate of false beggars & # 39; pretending to be homeless, earning up to $ 400 a day.
Images uploaded to Reddit on Monday show various requests for extra change in the middle of the busy streets and streets of Melbourne.
A woman seen while lying by her side and shaking her hands while begging for money immediately puts her hand on her face to cover when she is captured on camera.
Then she collects her things and leaves out the cameraman.
A woman who is seen lays on her side and shakes her hands while begging for money from passers-by
When she sees the camera and Sge immediately raises her hand to cover her face and grabs her things
At the top of the street, another woman is sniffing through her bags with a plate beside her and a bowl full of money.
The sign asks for help because & # 39; I can't take care of myself & # 39; because of her & # 39; heart disease and dirty hair & # 39 ;.
In the next access road you can see another beggar near a Starbucks, and as the camera approaches, she covers her face.
The video with the title & # 39; Organized Asian Syndicate of Fake Beggars in City Angles & # 39; has collected 680 comments since it was uploaded.
The user who uploaded the video said that this has happened regularly over the past six months.
& # 39; I know it is an organized group because I saw them coming together after they & # 39; in the evening before the State Library, & # 39; are ready & # 39; to bring the tram out of the city & # 39 ;, they wrote.
& # 39; I have seen five older Asian women who are the main manipulators. This video shows three. & # 39;
Another woman is sniffing through her bags with a plate next to her and a bowl full of money
The sign asks for help because & # 39; I can't take care of myself & # 39; because of her & # 39; heart disease and dirty hair & # 39;
A Victoria Police spokeswoman said there is a variety of beggars and fake beggars in Melbourne.
"While the majority of people who beg in Melbourne are vulnerable and in need, there are a small number of professional beggars who sometimes focus on the CBD," she said.
# We know that this behavior can cause the public to feel anxious or unsafe, especially if the person who is begging is aggressive.
& # 39; The Victoria Police are constantly using resources to enforce legislation related to this behavior and to reassure the community. & # 39;
A 2015 study found that there are some professional beggars who earn $ 300- $ 400 a day
A survey conducted in 2015 by Salvation Army support service Melbourne Project 614 found that there are some professional beggars who earn $ 300- $ 400 a day.
& # 39; We told one person that he was raising around $ 300 to $ 400 per day or per night, and he did so regularly & # 39 ;, said Major Brendan Nottle of the Salvation Army. ABC.
& # 39; That was about six days a week, and that is why he saw it as a very profitable way to earn income. & # 39;
The professional beggar also had permanent housing and other forms of income. He confessed that the money he earned had to go to his drug use.
Major Nottle said that in 2014 the police controlled Operation Minto where they targeted and accused a particular group of professional beggars.
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