Bo­gus helpers’ of­fice busted

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Hanan Al-Saadoun

De­tec­tives re­ceived in­for­ma­tion about an un­li­censed do­mes­tic helpers of­fice run by an Ethiopian man. The man pro­vided helpers on an hourly ba­sis to cit­i­zens and ex­pats, which is il­le­gal ac­cord­ing to Kuwait’s la­bor reg­u­la­tions. Fur­ther­more, all the maids were ei­ther ab­scond­ing or work­ing for other spon­sors. Res­i­dency de­tec­tives con­ducted a raid and all per­sons in­side were ar­rested. Kuwait has seen an uptick in the estab­lish­ment of un­li­censed or ‘fake’ of­fices hir­ing out do­mes­tic helpers as the costs of re­cruit­ing do­mes­tic helpers from abroad has risen dras­ti­cally.

Ca­ble theft gang ar­rested

Res­i­dency de­tec­tives ar­rested mem­bers of a gang in­volved in the theft of elec­tric­ity ca­bles be­long­ing to the Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity and Wa­ter. De­tec­tives un­cov­ered a gang con­sist­ing of a num­ber of Bangladeshi na­tion­als, who were in­volved in steal­ing the ca­bles, so a team was formed and the sus­pects were ar­rested fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Au­thor­i­ties found more than 1,000 kilo­grams of cop­per, and tools used in cut­ting the ca­bles. The sus­pects con­fessed to the thefts. More­over it was dis­cov­ered that none of them worked for their ‘spon­sors’ but in­stead paid black mar­ket spon­sors for their visas.

Mu­nic­i­pal­ity in­spec­tion cam­paigns

Kuwait Mu­nic­i­pal­ity con­tin­ued its food in­spec­tion cam­paigns tar­get­ing baqalas, restau­rants, co-ops and gro­cery stores. The Pub­lic Re­la­tions De­part­ment said Mubarak Al-Kabeer Mu­nic­i­pal­ity branch car­ried out an in­spec­tion cam­paign on a fac­tory west of Abu Fa­teera area re­sult­ing in is­su­ing one ci­ta­tion for a vi­o­la­tion that in­volved an em­ployee work­ing be­fore ob­tain­ing a health li­cense and not com­ply­ing with clean­li­ness rules. The de­part­ment asked peo­ple to call the hot­line (1844448) in case any com­plaint at any time.

This photo re­leased by the In­te­rior Min­istry yes­ter­day shows mem­bers of a gang ar­rested for steal­ing ca­bles.

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