Tanzania’s “Vagrancy Law” Crusade on Poor Citizens is Wrong

Sections 176 and 177 of the Tanzania Penal Code criminalize “indecent behavior,” “soliciting for prostitution,” and “begging in public.” Other issues include gambling, attempting to obtain alms, and causing public disturbances. These laws also extend to being unemployed and able-bodied with no visible means of subsistence and engaging in personal frolic during work hours.

These laws lead to the conviction of vulnerable individuals, including the homeless and sex workers. Countries like the United Kingdom have abolished similar laws to promote a more inclusive society based on compassion and justice. Considering human rights, vagrancy laws, which are the legal regulations that historically criminalized homelessness and idleness, restrict individual freedoms, which is an ingredient for development…..

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