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Child beggars to be shipped out

ALL straying minors and child beggars in Shanghai are expected to be sent back to their hometowns by the end of this year, authorities said yesterday.

Similar campaigns taken by the city in recent years have met with limited success because the minors often would simply return to the city soon after being pushed out. Officials said it may be different this time, because this year's campaign is a nationwide action. The minors' hometowns will be responsible for not letting them stray into the metropolises again.

"We will contact local governments to register their information," said Zhou Zheng, director of the Shanghai Aiding Center.

Several local departments, including police, urban management and civil affairs officials, will patrol the streets, Metro stations, busy business areas and transport hubs to find the children.


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