Progress shown on the issue of human trafficking in the UAE

The act of trading humans, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labor, or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others is something which has been jumping into the picture of the UAE. But, recent reports coming from news agencies and authorities show the progress made by the concerned authorities by exposing and arresting traffickers and rescuing victims in the recent times.

Progress shown on the issue of human trafficking in the UAE

The UAE has made a great deal of progress vis a vis protecting human rights of the people. The progress involves in the arrest of more than 50 suspected human traffickers and the rescue of 24 victims in the last year, UAE authorities have stated.

The National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking said 17 cases were registered and to date there have been concrete convictions in 3 of the 17 registered cases.

The penalties have been devised for the arrested traffickers ranging from one year to five years which will immediately be proceeded by deportation.

“The statistics suggest growing awareness about human trafficking among the public and intensifying counter-measures adopted by various official agencies, ministries and non-government organisations involved in tackling this crime,” said Dr Saeed Al Ghafli, Assistant Undersecretary at the Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs, and Rapporteur of the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking.

The National news agency WAM, has reported that Dhs300,000 from the Fund for Victims has been given out.

WAM reported that newspaper advertisements in English and Arabic were aimed at the welfare of the general public by educating and informing them the seriousness of the issue, as were on hoardings at airports.
Radio spots in English, Arabic, Hindi and Tagalog were aimed at prospective victims and traffickers.
Pocket-sized booklets were also distributed at airports in eight languages; English, Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, Tagalog, Bengali, Russian and Basha Indonesian.
The intention of this move is to grab the attention of the public and potential victims being flown in the UAE.

Al Ghafli also added: “The UAE firmly stands against the exploitation of human beings. The resolve to fight trafficking at home and abroad in collaboration with international partners remains central to the country’s anti-trafficking strategy.”