KUWAIT CITY, Dec 19: In a case of human trafficking believed to be the first of its kind in the country, police have arrested five people – a Kuwaiti, two bedoun and two Filipinos — for forcing 39 Filipinos to engage in vice under the guise of massage, reports Al- Jarida daily.
The daily added, the Filipinos were hired by a company to provide massage services in Mahboula, Abu Halifa and Salmiya. However, they were reportedly forced into pervert activity and were fed pills to boost their hormone levels.
They were also allegedly ‘raped’ by the five men and forced to wear women’s clothing. According to reliable sources, the head of the Capital Prosecution, Nasser Al-Bader, had remanded the five for further police custody before referring them to the Criminal Court on charges of running a ‘brothel’.
The same sources said the suspects have denied the charges against them, in spite of sufficient evidence in the form of investigations carried out by the detectives, the statements taken from the victims, for Forensic report and pictures seized from the alleged massage parlor, the women’s clothing which the victims were forced to wear and pills.
The sources added the Prosecution has called for jail terms ranging between 15 years and life imprisonment given the sensitivity of the case.
Maid commits suicide: A Filipino housemaid allegedly ended her life by hanging herself with a rope tied to the ceiling of her room inside the sponsor’s house in Riqqa, reports Al-Rai daily. The corpse was found by the female sponsor of the victim dangling from the rope in her room. The sponsor told police when she felt the absence of the maid for a long time; she went looking for her and saw her dangling with a rope around her neck. Meanwhile, an unidentified Ethiopian housemaid allegedly attempted to end her life by hitting her head violently on the wall inside her sponsor’s house, reports Al-Qabas daily. It has been reported the housemaid became hysterical after receiving news on the death of her mother. She has been referred to the Sabah Hospital with deep cut on her forehead
By Munaif Nayef
Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies