KUWAIT: Detectives arrested a trafficker who detained and forced women to work temporarily in houses, which is a clear violation of the law. The suspect held several Asian women in a flat and forced them to work in houses, while holding all their belongings including passports, mobiles and money. He also raped most of them while threatening to kill them.
Meanwhile, the domestic help department of the residency affairs general department raided bogus offices that traded in absconding domestic helpers, as they harbored absconding maids and ‘sold’ them to others.
Investigations revealed that an expat used to make an agreement with maids to escape from their sponsors, then made them work on a temporary basis.
Separately, detectives are reviewing a video clip that was shown on Sri Lankan TV of workers at a domestic help office beating and torturing a maid. Investigations are underway. Security sources said a large group of Egyptians and Syrians were arrested for beating a man in Industrial Shuwaikh. Sources said at least 18 persons were involved in the fight, some of whom were arrested and will be deported. Police are hunting the rest.
Kuwait Fire Services Directorate Public Relations and Information Director Col Khalil Al-Amir met Information Ministry Undersecretary Tariq Al-Mazram. He said the information ministry’s support to firemen is unlimited and is an example of partnership between government bodies in order to present the best of service to citizens and expats.
By Hanan Al-Saadoun