Kuwait’s Manpower Public Authority (MPA) announced Saturday that two victims of human trafficking chose to leave the MPA’s migrants sheltering center for their home countries voluntarily.
The repatriation process was conducted in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) under instructions of the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Hind Al-Subaih, said the MPA’s Deputy Director General for manpower protection Abdullah Al-Motatah.
“This is the first such cooperation between the MPA and the IOM meeting the international standards related to the protection of victims of human trafficking. “The process included assessment of the risks that could face the immigrants at their home countries, medical checks to ensure their safe travel, and provision of travel tickets,” Motatah pointed out.
The nationality of the two victims was not made public. The IOM’s emergency fund provided each immigrant with $1,500 to help them start a small project or complete their education, he added.