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Former Bali Business Woman Resorts To Panhandling To Survive

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A 26-year-old woman who used to own a business in Kuta has been detained by Bali authorities for panhandling on Jalan Ida Bagus Mantra, Klungkung.

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During the interview, The woman admitted that she decided to start begging after the Covid-19 pandemic struck the tourism sector last year, causing her to close her spa business in Kuta. “I used to own a spa business in Kuta, and I employed 20 workers to work for me. But the business went bankrupt when the Covid-19 pandemic struck last year, forcing me to close down.” She explained. 

She also said that before begging with her 5-year-old child, she used to work as a construction worker with her husband, but she had to stop doing that as well as it was also affected by the pandemic. The authority from the Civil Service Officer explained that many people have decided to panhandle because many of them typically earn around USD 35 (IDR 500,000) within four days of operation. 

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

The Head of the Klungkung Civil Service Officer, Putu Suarta said that the authorities have detained 6 panhandlers that consist of 4 adults and 2 children during an operation that was conducted on Monday (7/6). “The adults usually tell the children to beg at the traffic light, while they hide behind the trees and wait for the kids to hand them the money. When they saw us, they attempted to run away but we finally managed to catch them.” Suarta said. They’ve all been transported back to their homes in Karangasem by the Social Agency.

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

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Wayan Bo

Thursday 10th of June 2021

They are many new businesses that can be try, such for example Balinese cigar manufacturing. Perhaps it can become competitive to Cuban cigars such Partagas and more.

Wayan Bo

Thursday 10th of June 2021

Nothing new, because panhandling was already very common on Jl Legian in front of Bounty discotheque over a decade ago.


Wednesday 9th of June 2021

Can they help all the panhandlers with kids by the Bali Buda in Ubud? Kids begging everyday, old woman saying she's starving...