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Begging ‘professionally’ doesn’t make their poverty and vulnerability any less legitimate

Begging ‘professionally’ doesn’t make their poverty and vulnerability any less legitimate

This month, Victoria Police arrested seven people who were alleged members of a professional begging “syndicate”. They were flown in from China on tourist visas. In reporting this story, Australian media generated a considerable amount of public outrage. The idea that people who beg are somehow “faking” homelessness or poverty is one often used in tabloid media. Add

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