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Two-member Ugandan gang caught for human-trafficking Sierra Leone girls

KUWAIT CITY, April 12: Moral Guidance Unit of the General Security Department arrested a two-member Ugandan gang for trafficking in humans. The gang is accused of luring and recruiting girls from Sierra Leone to work in Kuwait as housemaids after pledging to give them lucrative jobs in hotels, restaurants and other establishments with salaries ranging from 600-700 dollars a month, only to end up as domestic workers with KD 80 salaries.

A security source said concerned authorities received information about the activities of a two-man gang deeply involved in human trafficking, which smuggled girls from Sierra Leone through Guinea via road. Apparently, the suspects managed to evade immigration by convincing Guinean authorities that the girls are headed for Senegal.

They are held in a house for one week pending their transfer to the agency in Kuwait, and forced to work inside houses as maids. The main suspect with his partner was arrested in Salmiya area in possession of recruitment applications, tickets and bank documents, alongside two housemaids from Sierra Leone. They were referred to concerned authorities for necessary action.

Traffic crackdown: Traffic Organization Section at the Airport Security Department impounded 35 vehicles and issued 2,532 traffic violations traffic accidents at the airport last month. The violations involved parking in places allotted for disabled people, taking passengers inside private cars, road unworthy vehicles, causing traffic jam, using mobile phones and driving without seat belts.

Liquor factory busted: Acting on a tip-off and armed with a search and arrest warrant issued by the Public Prosecution, securitymen raided a house in Sabah Al-Ahmad City and arrested three Indians, including a woman for manufacturing alcohol, reports Al-Anba daily. Police have confiscated 160 drums of raw material and 300 bottles of booze and alcohol manufacturing equipment. Meanwhile, the Farwaniya police have arrested two Indians — one of them a roaming taxi driver — for trafficking in locally-manufactured alcohol, reports Al-Rai daily. A police patrol on routine duty in the area suspected the two men and ordered the driver to pull over. However he ignored the request and stepped on the gas pedal in a vain attempt to escape. Police have seized 71 bottles of local booze from the trunk of the car.

Drugs seized: Security sources in Fayyoum, Egypt said police have arrested three youths, two Egyptians and one of them believed to be a Kuwaiti, for possessing 5 grams of heroin, reports Al-Rai daily. The three youths, all of whom are believed to be 22 years old, were seized on suspicion while riding in a car. Police found with the Kuwaiti 3 grams of heroin and two grams with the other two. The youngsters have been referred to the Egyptian Public Prosecution.

Drugs overdose: Police and paramedics rushed to an unidentified location after a female teenager called the Operations Room of the Interior Ministry and said her friend is unconscious, reports Al-Rai daily.


By Munaif Nayef Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

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