2,048 maids de­ported in 10 months: Of­fi­cial

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Hanan Al-Saadoun KUWAIT:

More than 2,000 do­mes­tic work­ers were de­ported fol­low­ing their ar­rest in crack­downs against do­mes­tic help of­fices car­ried out in the past 10 months, an In­te­rior Min­istry of­fi­cial an­nounced yes­ter­day.

All de­tainees were ar­rested on ab­scond­ing charges and vi­o­lat­ing la­bor reg­u­la­tions by seek­ing jobs with other em­ploy­ers than their orig­i­nal re­cruiter, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Res­i­dency Af­fairs Gen­eral Depart­ment Ma­jor Gen­eral Talal Maarafi said. Au­thor­i­ties car­ried out 1,387 crack­downs from Jan­uary 1, 2016 to Oc­to­ber 31, 2016, dur­ing which 2,048 maids were ar­rested, in­clud­ing 248 from Zim­babwe alone. All of the maids ar­rested were later de­ported through Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Air­port, he said.

Mean­while, Maarafi re­vealed that res­i­dency de­tec­tives launched in­spec­tion cam­paigns in Ah­madi and Hawally re­cently, re­sult­ing in is­su­ing 13 ci­ta­tions against do­mes­tic help of­fices for vi­o­lat­ing ex­pats’ res­i­dency law no 17/59 and do­mes­tic helpers’ law 68/2016, in ad­di­tion to ar­rest­ing four do­mes­tic helpers re­ported ab­scond­ing, while 25 do­mes­tic helpers who were sent to the shel­ter. Their spon­sors are be­ing sum­moned for ques­tion­ing.

Scam

In other news, Hawally de­tec­tives ar­rested a man on swin­dling charges after he col­lect­ing money from peo­ple as rents for nonex­is­tent apart­ments. In­ves­ti­ga­tions were un­der­way after sev­eral peo­ple filed iden­ti­cal com­plaints, in which they said that they paid ad­vanced pay­ments to a man who ad­ver­tised for apart­ments for rent on so­cial me­dia. The sus­pect was iden­ti­fied as a 34-year-old un­em­ployed Kuwaiti man, and later ar­rested in an am­bush. He pleaded guilty to charges dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion after be­ing con­fronted with ev­i­dence, then sent to the proper au­thor­i­ties to face le­gal ac­tion.

Drills

The In­te­rior Min­istry’s re­la­tions and se­cu­rity me­dia depart­ment an­nounced that the coast guards’ marine for­ma­tions are sched­uled to con­duct live am­mu­ni­tion drills in ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters in the pe­riod of Novem­ber 6-8, 2016. The drill will be held from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on those days in Garouh and Um Al-Ma­ra­dem is­lands, in the fol­low­ing co­or­di­nates: Site 1: 048.37.5”E and 28.55.0”N. Site 2: 048.30.2”E and 28.46.8”N. Ac­cord­ingly, and for pub­lic safety rea­sons, the depart­ment urged all sea­go­ers, fish­er­men and sailors to stay off the lo­ca­tions men­tioned above dur­ing the drills.

KUWAIT: This hand­out photo re­leased by the In­te­rior Min­istry yes­ter­day shows do­mes­tic helpers be­ing es­corted to the Res­i­dency Af­fairs Gen­eral Depart­ment’s build­ing fol­low­ing their ar­rest for break­ing res­i­dency and la­bor reg­u­la­tions.

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