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Wednesday , November 20 2019

Female lawyer accused of human trafficking

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 19: The Labor Relations Department of the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) has recently received hundreds of complaints of disputes concerning visa traders and breach of contracts, while the last week alone saw the filing of more than 60 complaints in the main headquarters in Abu Futaira, reports Al-Qabas daily.

One of the cases recorded at PAM’s unit in Salmiya unit, of which the Al-Qabas daily has obtained a copy, an unidentified female lawyer is accused of trafficking in humans. She was allegedly using her office to exploit the labor needs of the country.

She has been referred for investigation. The representative of the lawyer reportedly received KD 1,000 from an expatriate and gave him a job in the lawyer’s office. After working for eight months, the employee reportedly discovered that his residence permit had not been stamped and as a result became a violator of residence and labor laws and ended up paying fine.

According to sources employee came to Kuwait on a contract which stipulated KD 250 monthly salary but the lawyer allegedly told her employee after the first month that he will be paid only 150 dinars but that too she did not pay throughout the period he has been working for her.

The sources added, the lawyer’s office has been closed by PAM because of earlier complaints about human trafficking. The sources added the lawyer requested the expatriate to pay KD 500 to allow him work for another sponsor and complete residence permit formalities. The daily added, he could raise the money with the help of friends following which she asked for another sum (KD 500) and at this point the man refused to pay more money and instead filed a complaint against her.

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