Kuwait Forms Task Force to Prevent Human Trafficking and Migrant Worker Smuggling

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KUWAIT CITY, May 8: Khaled Al-Ajmi, the Assistant Undersecretary for Social Development Sector Affairs at the Ministry of Social Affairs, disclosed that the Ministry has formed a working group for a duration of three months, as per the recommendation of the National Committee tasked with implementing the strategy to prevent trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrant workers, reports Al-Jarida daily. This group, led by the Ministry and comprising directors from civil and charitable associations, along with representatives from the Family Welfare and Community Development Departments, is tasked with implementing the “national referral” system.

This system involves collaboration with civil society and public benefit associations focused on human and children’s rights. Al-Ajmi highlighted that the committee’s duties include executing the national referral system through six stages aimed at identifying victims of human trafficking, conducting investigations, providing legal and judicial prosecution, offering protection and assistance to victims, facilitating their voluntary return to their home countries, and aiding in their reintegration into their communities. He emphasized that Kuwait’s efforts align with international standards in combating this reprehensible crime, which is condemned by both Sharia and law.

Al-Ajmi said, “The team will coordinate with civil and charitable organizations to spread awareness among expatriate workers and educate them about their rights.” Moreover, Al-Ajmi outlined that the team will conduct field visits to specialized shelter centers for victims of human trafficking to provide psychological support. Additionally, they will coordinate with national and charitable organizations to raise awareness among expatriate workers about their rights. The working group is committed to submitting regular reports on its progress to the National Committee, with meetings convened at the invitation of the president or deputy. The validity of these meetings requires the presence of the majority of members.

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