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Should begging for money be illegal?
Criminalizing begging could reinforce unfair stereotypes against beggars.
Criminalizing begging sends a message to society that beggars are criminals who do not deserve empathy or support.
Criminalizing begging will make it harder for convicted beggars to find work.
Homeless or impoverished people who have harmed no one are regularly arrested for vague crimes such as "vagrancy," which in effect,
criminalize their very existence
. A ban on begging would likely function in similar ways.
shows that increasing public exposure to homeless people improves public attitudes towards that group. We can infer a similar effect for people who beg.