According to a study published yesterday, around 40,000 residency violators in Kuwait, after entering either legally or illegally, seek quick gain through illegal conduct.
The majority of these illegal actions involve prostitution-related activities. One security source admits the Ministry of Interior is not doing enough to curb the increase in prostitution in Kuwait, which according to daily crime reports are on the rise. “Security officers used to raid apartments suspected of hosting illicit activities, but now such operations need reports from people about suspected brothels”, said the source who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Back in 2010, Ministry Undersecretary Ahmad Al-Rujaib gave instructions that a warrant based on a civilian’s complaint must be issued before raiding a suspected brothel. This resulted from many real estate owners complaining at random police raids, which brought a bad reputation to their buildings. The same source noted that prostitutes have expanded their trade from low-wage single workers in highly populated areas to buildings around Kuwait inhabited by families.
In addition to women who specifically came to Kuwait for prostitution, many domestic workers fell victim to the trade after being kidnapped. The source suggested that many women in those cases eventually “accept the more profitable opportunity” instead of trying to escape their captors.
The Sunday report mentioned busting a vice network in Hasawi involving 13 prostitutes and five pimps. An Al-Rai reporter cooperated with police investigators to act as an undercover customer. The reporter was led to the brothel by a pimp who offered to set him up with a prostitute for KD5, but eventually settled for KD3.
A top ministry official who spoke on condition of anonymity explained that many deportees in prostitution-related cases eventually return to Kuwait using forged passports. However, the fingerprint-scanner security system activated last year at Kuwait International Airport could finally put an end to this problem. The official further indicated that unless stricter penalties against violators are adopted, prostitution is likely to keep growing.
Source : Kuwait Times
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