Interior Ministry arrests 40 people for visa trafficking
May 19 2018 05:25 PM
Interior Ministry arrests 40 people for visa trafficking


The Ministry of the Interior has arrested 40 people on charges of visa trafficking in violation of Law No 21 oF the year 2015 regulating the entry and exit of expatriates and their residence.

Director of Search and Follow-up Department Brigadier Abdullah Jaber Al-Labda, said: "The seizure of these people comes within the framework of the Ministry's efforts to control violators of the law of the entry and stay of expatriates and to take legal action against them."

He added that the department was able recently to arrest those who trade in visas, which increases the problem of labour in the country.

"The Research and Follow-up Department deals with the victims of these practices from the humanitarian side, where it helps to transfer the work of many of them to another employer," he said.

Al-Labda added that the Department will not hesitate to apply the law to everyone - individuals or companies - and refer the violator to the Public Prosecutor. He called for concerted efforts of members of the community with the security services to reduce the problem.

Meanwhile, Captain Omar Khalifa al-Rumaihi of the Search and investigation Section in the Department called on all citizens and expatriates not to deal with illegal workers or to employ them in any way and to co-operate with the authorities concerned by reporting them via the hotline 50701089.

He pointed out that the 24-hour hotline in Arabic, English and Urdu, is also intended to respond to any questions related to illegal employment, or visa trade.

The Ministry of Interior is working to control of violators and implement the law in order to maintain security and order in the community, in addition to contributing to solving the problems of workers through a number of channels such as human rights management and research and follow-up Department, as determined by law.

Last updated: May 19 2018 08:24 PM

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