SFD Nabs Six Gangs Employing Absconding Housemaids
Doha: The Search and Follow up Department (SFD) busted six gangs involved in trafficking and employing workers staying in the country illegally from the houses accommodated them in different areas of the country. The total number of people detained is 83 housemaids and 21 male workers.
The SDF received a tip on groups is involved in smuggling and harboring domestic workers and employing them illegally as they lure them for better payment from their sponsors. Acting on this tip, the Department formed a team to intensify search for them and arrest early before they extend their violation activities.
The team could identify the accommodation areas of these six gangs, and they raided their accommodation after the permission from Public Prosecution and nabbed 83 housemaids from East Asia who have absconded from their sponsors and absconding complaints have been registered against them. 21 males of different nationalities also were arrested who used to employ these housemaids illegally and all these male works are also absconded from their sponsors as absconding complaints have registered against them.
During the interrogation, the gangs confessed that they used to smuggle the housemaids and from their sponsors and moved them to different accommodation places while charging them large amounts to provide shelter and avoid notice of security agencies. The gangs and house maids are kept in custody to complete the investigation and they will be referred to the Public Prosecution and competent court further.
As well, the Department had busted another group of absconding workers where 25 housemaids were arrested after raiding house where they used to live and the case was referred to the court through public prosecution. The court fined those who sheltered them with QR 340,000 for employing absconding workers and providing shelter for those whom are not on their sponsorship.
The director of the SFD Brig. Nasser Eissa Al-Sayed said that the inspection drives to detain the violators of the Residential Law will continue. He pointed that those arrested will be detained at detention wards at the Department that are equipped with high standard of living facilities. He added that then the cases will be referred to Public Prosecution for further court proceedings.
The SFD director warned the companies and individual from harboring the violators of Residence Law urging them to report to the authorities absconding cases at the earliest. He urged the residents not to cooperate with violators and absconding workers or not to employ them and cooperate with concerned authorities to report them. - Ministry of Interior, State of Qatar
- ILQ News
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