Riyadh (Web Desk): Saudi Arabia has detained at least 18 Pakistani including women who were allegedly working as beggars in the country.

The arrests came as Saudi authorities came to know of beggars mafia that reportedly sent 210 Pakistanis to holy cities for minting money.

According to media reports, the detainees mostly resident of Rahim Yar Khan and Dera Ghazi Khan have been kept in Madina jail with women in barrack no.56 and men in barrack no.47 while the search operation is still underway for rest of 192 Pakistanis.

The mastermind Mukhtar has also been nabbed who used to oversee affairs in Madina.

Mukhtar also revealed shocking details that the 210 people had been sent to Madina after visas were issued to them from a travel agency of Karachi and Rahim Yar Khan.

“The beggars stay in Madina till Hajj and have to earn 20,000-25,000 riyal. Half of the money goes to the organizers and the remaining are ours,” Mukhtar added.