Studies and Research

The Phenomenon of Children Begging and Peddling in Public Places

The goal of this study is to discover the best ways to address the phenomenon of the exercise of children for begging and selling in public utilities. Clearly, this phenomenon is not desirable in this day and age of a civilized society. That is why the provincial government decided to study it using a scientific approach. The present study is mostly descriptive in its approach and procedural in its goals. It is a serious attempt to use scientific research to resolve the above stated problem. The study aimed to identify the following:

  1. The causes leading to the phenomenon of the exercise of children for begging and selling in public places.
  2. Potential organizations, other that the direct families, that may stand behind the practice of children for begging and selling in public places.
  3. The role of family and relatives or authorities in eliminating this problem.
  4. Identifying the best possible ways to eliminate this phenomenon.

The study was conducted with a sample population of 332 people in the Eastern Province. Participants filled out a special questionnaire. Additionally, 32 interviews were conducted with a selected sample while 12 other interviews were carried out with officials in agencies in charge of this phenomenon. The study also included interviews with 48 beggars found in public places such as traffic signals; 7 beggars' fathers were also interviewed.

The results stressed the need to monitor this growing phenomenon and make practical recommendations that should solve the problem if properly applied.