KUWAIT CITY, April 1: Security sources revealed that the Ministry of Interior spares no effort to fight visa traders noting that about 3,000 expatriate workers (violators of residence and labor laws) have been arrested over the past six months and referred to the competent authorities, reports Al-Qabas daily.
The sources said that instructions of Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid Al-Jarrah and Undersecretary of the Ministry, Essam Al-Nham, are clear and frank not to be complacent with those who buy visas and those who sell them.
The senior officials have ordered the closure of fictitious companies that bring bulk labor to the country through legal channels. The sources added that the General Department of Residency Affairs and the General Department of Investigations have referred 15 cases of trafficking in human beings and the trading in work permits to the Public Prosecution over the past 6 months.
The investigations revealed that a large number of farmers were involved in falsifying the need assessment and submitted requests for work permits to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor although the need for employment did not exist on the ground and to add insult to injury the authorities discovered these were phantom farms.
The sources explained that the residence investigations officers are working to reassess the needs of large companies and farms, after the discovery of major frauds, including the owners of 5 farms who brought into the country 700 marginal workers into the country by falsifying documents and exploiting the lack of coordination between the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources and the Public Authority for Manpower.
The sources said two of the biggest suspects in the visa trade and falsification of documents have been arrested and referred to the Central Prison and remanded to police custody for 21 days.