Investigations into one of Kuwait’s largest residency traffickers, the brother of a former member of the Municipal Council, are continuing, official sources said. The sources also indicated that the suspect, dubbed the “Residency Monster,” began his illegal operations in 1991, when he used 120 fake companies registered in his name and the names of his relatives in order to trade in laborers by issuing them work visas through these companies.
However, their residencies were canceled as soon as they reached the country the individuals were left to fend for themselves. Furthermore, the sources said that testimonies gathered during investigations indicated that the suspect collected KD 1,200 per transaction, and that 2,500 workers that he brought in have been discovered so far. The money collected is estimated to be in the millions of dinars.
In addition, the sources maintained that the suspect greatly contributed through his operations to place Kuwait on a blacklist for human trafficking due to the large number of workers that he deceived. The sources also pointed out that the case still needed further investigation, as investigators are just beginning to unravel the details of the man’s operation.
They added that there was a possibility of several other accomplices who may have taken part in the business, including other, “important names,” Al-Qabas reported. The suspect is being charged with several charges pertaining to human trafficking and other violations which are being investigated through more than one case, officials said.