UAE says progress made on hu­man traf­fick­ing

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More than 50 sus­pected hu­man traf­fick­ers were ar­rested and 24 victims res­cued last year, UAE au­thor­i­ties have said. The Na­tional Com­mit­tee to Com­bat Hu­man Traf­fick­ing said 17 cases were reg­is­tered and to date there have been con­vic­tions in three. Th­ese in­volved penal­ties rang­ing from one year to five years im­pris­on­ment, fol­lowed by de­por­ta­tion. “The sta­tis­tics sug­gest grow­ing aware­ness about hu­man traf­fick­ing among the pub­lic and in­ten­si­fy­ing counter-mea­sures adopted by var­i­ous of­fi­cial agen­cies, min­istries and non­govern­ment 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. Na­tional news agency WAM 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 gen­eral pub­lic, as were hoard­ings at air­ports. Ra­dio spots in English, Ara­bic, Hindi and Ta­ga­log were aimed at prospec­tive victims and traf­fick­ers. Pocket-size book­lets were also dis­trib­uted at air­ports in eight lan­guages; English, Ara­bic, Hindi, Urdu, Ta­ga­log, Ben­gali, Rus­sian and Basha In­done­sian. The move is in­tented to catch the at­ten­tion of the pub­lic and po­ten­tial victims be­ing flown in. Al Ghafli, 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.”

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