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Norway’s parliament is expected to pass an anti-begging law on Friday.

Proposed by members of the right-wing government with support from an opposition party, the bill is said to be aimed at addressing the capital city of Oslo’s pickpocketing problem. According to Agence France-Presse, Oslo’s pickpocket rates are reportedly as high as Berlin’s, while the capital has one-seventh of the population of the German city.

Under the proposed ban, those caught begging on the street would face fines and up to three months in prison.

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