KUWAIT: Residency detectives busted two bogus domestic help offices. The first was using absconding domestic helpers to work on daily bases, while the second encouraged them to abscond from their sponsors in exchange of double payment. An Egyptian who took absconding helpers to homes was caught with two Filipinas. The first Filipina was absconding, while the second had agreed with her sponsor to work for others and pay him part of the money she made. The Egyptian told police about a third person, who is a residency law violator, who confessed that he receives a monthly salary of KD 250 for coordinating with absconding helpers.
Meanwhile in the second office, detectives received a complaint from a citizen about a bogus domestic help office that cheated citizens and expats. Investigations revealed that an Egyptian agreed with citizens to bring domestic helpers for KD 400 and gave them a receipt. He also claimed that he will process the residency transfer from the old sponsor to the new one. He then urged the maid to abscond.
In a separate case, residency detectives carried out a campaign on health centers, clinics, salons and laboratories, arresting 15 persons in violation of residency law. Twelve of them had article 20 (domestic help) residencies, while three had article 18 visas. All were sent to concerned authorities.
As part of the measures taken by the municipality to refer to the prosecution the incident of a building collapsing in Hawally while being demolished, Director General Ahmad Al-Manfouhi issued two decisions. The first is to revoke the license of the contracting company that was carrying out the job, and the second to suspend the engineering office for one year, based on disciplinary measures mentioned in law 33/2016.
Traffic detectives carried out a campaign on several vital roads resulting in detaining one person and impounding 17 violating ATVs.
Environment police carried out inspections in camel grazing areas in the desert to check on a reported truck that was dumping trash in violation of the law. Police found the trash after it had been burned, and the truck was traced to a general trading company. Legal measures are being taken.
By Hanan Al-Saadoun