On Thursday, December 9, 2004, Bali's tourism police conducted raids at a number of major intersections in the Kuta and Tuban area, apprehending 31 road-side beggars, mostly children.
Many of those detained by the police reportedly hailed from the village on Munti Gunung near Karangasem in East Bali, one of the island's most economically depressed areas.
Police authorities described many of those caught in the sweep as professional beggars, who have been rounded up by police and returned to their home village time and again by the authorities, only to reappear on Kuta's street corners a short time later.
The indigents detained in the raids were given guidance by the police and representatives of the local social welfare office before being returned to their home villages.
Police have asked for the assistance of the public and relevant government agencies to discourage begging on Bali's streets and busy intersections.
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