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Human-traffickers face 15-year jail

KUWAIT CITY, May 5: Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and the Minister of State for Planning and Development Hind Al-Subaih has revealed that inspectors from the Labor Department of the Public Authority for Manpower have launched investigations into hundreds of establishments which have recruited laborers from abroad but employ people who are sponsored by others and not by them, reports Al- Watan Arabic daily.

The daily also said some of these establishments are not found on addresses given by them in their licenses files while others have brought into the country a large number of employees although they do not need them. Al-Subaih added 2,469 establishments employing 8,264 workers are being investigated during the first quarter of this year. She added the Ministry is determined to combat trafficking in human beings and refer those found guilty to the Attorney-General. Persons found guilty in such cases are liable to go behind bars for up to 15 years or life imprisonment.

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