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Should begging for money be illegal?
If beggars are permitted to openly beg, it grants them visibility to government agencies and charities and allows them to receive targeted relief which they may not be able to seek out for themselves.
shows that increasing public exposure to homeless people improves public attitudes towards that group. We can infer a similar effect for people who beg.
Being begged helps ones to keep asking himself/herself about what he/she is doing to help his/her poorer fellow human beings. Forbidding beggars gives a collective legal answer instead of a moral and individual one, therefore fueling people to rationalize their selfishness.
Many people, including members of charitable organisations, are able to approach people they see begging to provide them with information about the services available to them.
Beggars might not have internet access to search for services available to them.
Information about government welfare programmes and charitable organisations can be difficult to find.
Most long-term poverty relief programs do not occur through interactions on the street. These programs often require that a person comes to a resource center, which would be the case regardless of the legal status of begging.
Beggars and those in poverty will still be visible in society, even if they cannot solicit money on the street.