Kuwait Police Officer Detained For Supporting Cousin In Selling Residence Visa
Kuwait Public Prosecution has ordered the detention of an police officer for 21 days, while referring him to the central prison, an informed source said.
The source said that the officer breached his duty by favoring his cousin who is allegedly involved in the illegal business of selling residence visa and human trafficking in Kuwait.
The man used the police officer to intimidate a number of workers under his sponsorship when they claimed their rights, the source said.
The source said the police officer and his cousin are in custody pending further investigation. The former became the second officer to be remanded in custody, as the former was accused of human trafficking.
Expat workers are at heightened risk of exploitation and abuse at their workplace, due to deceptive recruitment practices.
Kuwait Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Anas Al-Saleh formed a team aimed at eliminating human traffickers and residency law violators are related to national security and demography.
The team will be tasked with taking all legal measures against traffickers, as well as eliminate funding used for this illegal act, said the statement. Agencies have increased raids against illegal domestic labor recruitment offices that exploit runaway domestic workers referring recruiting violators to the public prosecutor and victims to a government-run shelter.
Prosecutors are investigating cases of human trafficking and residency throughout, and they have completed a number of files of this type case, in preparation for referring them to the criminal courts as soon as the courts are reinstated after the total lockdown is lifted.