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Should begging for money be illegal?
Begging is necessary for some people's survival.
People who need immediate help, e.g. cancer patients, can use begging in positive ways, especially if few healthcare safety nets exist.
Crowdsourcing is a form of digital begging and has helped save lives. Look at the nearly 40 million raised by
for the city of Houston after Hurricane Harvey.
People affected by natural disaster like earthquake, famines, etc. are forced into begging for survival. An entire mass of population in the affected region relies on donations.
Begging is usually done because of a lack of money or a sustainable income that is linked to the way the capitalist system works and if there was a sustainable income ie a basic income then begging would no longer be needed.
The human cost as those people will die painfully out ways the economic cost. Yes the economy would not collapse but morally we would be doing more damage for what amounts up to very little coming from the whole pie.
much more likely
than the general population to be: homeless, victims of domestic and family violence, poor, dependent on substances, mentally ill, and long term unemployed. If begging is criminalized, they will find it much harder to survive.
in England indicates that a large number of people who beg on the street do so to fund drug or other addictions, rather than to raise funds for necessities.
It is not common for beggars to generate sufficient income to survive. Often, they rely on other resources to supplement their needs.
The donator doesn't know whether the beggar can deal with money or whether he will purchase drugs.
Begging is never necessary for survival. Food, water, shelter, and air are necessary for survival.