Kuwait calls for ‘combating’ trafficking in persons: official

VIENNA, Nov 20, (KUNA): Kuwait called on exerting international efforts to combat trafficking in persons in all of its forms according to international treaties in order to protect the victims. This remark was made by Kuwaiti representative Nawaf Ahmad Al-Rejaib, on Thursday, during the 6th session of the Working Group on Trafficking in Persons at Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. Al-Rejaib, the Second Secretary of Kuwaiti Embassy in Vienna, pointed out that Kuwait is considered an importer of human resources for services and domestic help, noting that there are 600,000 workers in Kuwait which increases the percentage of crimes against all concerned parties.

Even though Kuwait calls for protecting all human rights, gather regional and international efforts to combat trafficking in persons and strive to follow all international protocols and regulations yet this crime is still challenging because it keeps changing and evolving.

He added in his speech that Kuwait has followed few steps to control this crime by establishing the public authority for manpower where work permits, workers transportation and housing are regulated.

On domestic help, Kuwaiti parliament approved a law to protect domestic workers from being abused by regulating their work hours, paychecks, end of services bonus and overtime payments.

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