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Will not tolerate crimes committed by visa traders whatever status they may hold

Companies involved to bear all expenses

Minister of Social Affairs and Minister of State for Economic Affairs Maryam Al-Aqeel

KUWAIT CITY, Apr 18: Companies, linked with individuals or groups abusing expatriate workers’ residencies by trading in them, will pay full expenses for sheltering and deportation of said labor, said Minister of Social Affairs Mariam Al-Aqeel Saturday.

In a press statement, Al-Aqeel — also Minister of State for Economic affairs — indicated that companies abusing the rights of workers would have their cases directly handled by the public prosecution for criminal acts.
If found guilty, the accused parties should expect the full force of the law, she affirmed.

Al-Aqeel stated that Public Authority for Manpower has been assigned to refer the files of those suspicious companies who are involved in human trafficking to the Public Prosecution directly.

These files will be investigated and those proven guilty in involvement of visa trading immediate measures are taken regarding the violations that are proven by the joint committee and the emergency teams formed by the authority, in coordination with the ministerial work team to fight the visa traders headed by His Excellency the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Anas Khaled Al-Saleh.

Al-Aqeel warned that whatever the status or location may be of visa trader legal measures against violators will be taken, especially during the current crisis and the law will be applied to liquidate financial guarantees.

Al-Aqeel thanked all the working teams and the participating bodies with membership of the joint committee, which is the Ministry of Interior, the Kuwait Municipality and the Ministry of Trade and Industry for their efforts during the current crisis to uncover crimes of perpetrators who practice visa trading, and that the community join together, whether it is represented in cooperation and coordination between the concerned or participation authorities

Al-Aqeel said that citizens and residents alike should band together to fight crime and fend off injustice, especially during these trying times

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