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Rich beggars refuse govt aid

By Yan Shuang (Global Times)

13:25, November 28, 2011

A woman surnamed Yan, in her 20s, begs at Sanlitun, Chaoyang district on Sunday. Photo: Guo Yingguang/GT

A majority of beggars in Beijing do not want to be helped, as begging has become a lucrative profession, according to the Dongcheng district rescue center on Sunday.

About 90 percent of beggars in Dongcheng refuse to be helped by official centers, as begging pays more than government assistance, the center said, alleging a beggar can earn thousands of yuan a day in a good spot.

Rescue centers will only provide several free meals or a train ticket home.  

"We inspect two to three times district-wide every day to talk beggars into coming to our center, including at Wangfujing and along Chang'an Avenue, but few will come. Some run when they see us," said a center employee surnamed Guo on Sunday.

Beggars cannot stay for long in the center, Guo said, so most only stay one day, and leave once the center contacted their family or their hometown government.

Some, such as abandoned babies or the disabled, will be transferred to a rescue center in Fengtai district where they can stay until their family or the local government takes them away. But still, many start begging again once they leave, Guo said.

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