The tourist police in Fez have been engaged in a major crackdown on the growing phenomenon of the false guides. Since the beginning of 2017, 746 people have been arrested for illegal practice of this profession
Back in the 21st of February 2017 came the announcement that the police forces had arrested more than 400 people. Between 1st January and February 19th last, the brigade of the tourist police in the prefecture of Fez detained 410 people who were operating as guides without permission.
These 410 persons were all recidivists and were placed in preventive detention and their files transferred to the public prosecutor's office.
The crackdown continued and the numbers grew to a total of 746 false guides arrested up until the 31st of March.
These false guides worked without legal authorisation inside and outside the old Medina of Fez.
The vast majority of offenders in the second wave of arrests were (with one exception) not repeat offenders.