They can’t be choosers: Cross-dressing beggar arrested in Saudi Arabia

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A man who reportedly cross-dressed to beg for money is being investigated by the Saudi authorities, Gulf News reported on Monday.

The man was arrested in the Dammam area in the Eastern Province, the newspaper reported, citing local daily al-Sharq.

Saudi authorities often have to deal with situations where beggars, mainly women or cross-dressing men, ask passersby for money on the streets, or in front of mosques. Begging is prohibited in the kingdom.

During the month of holy month of Ramadan, which ended 12 days ago, Saudi authorities said they arrested 210 beggars in Dammam.

“The arrests included 107 women, 30 men and 73 children,” officials told the Saudi daily, as quoted by Gulf News.

“We have found out that the percentage of Saudi nationals were 27 per cent while foreigners made up the remaining 73 per cent,” they said.

Beggars are believed to increase their operation during Ramadan to capitalize on a surge in charitable handouts during the fasting month.

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