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Dubai launches app to combat human trafficking

App to encourage victims to report crimes and enable better monitoring by police

Dubai launches app to combat human trafficking
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Dubai Police has launched an app intended to help victims of human trafficking, WAM reported on Saturday.

The state news agency claims the app is the first of its kind in the region.

The service aims to encourage victims and others to report suspected cases of human trafficking using the smart app, so police can monitor such crimes and officials can “reach out and provide them with assistance, including legal support”, according to Mohammed Al Murr, director-general of the General Directorate of Human Rights at Dubai Police, quoted on WAM.

App users are requested to enter their personal information and type of assistance required, a report in Gulf News added.

The person will then receive a text message, accompanied by a reference number, confirming that the complaint has been lodged with Dubai Police.

Al Murr urged victims and other members of the public to also notify police via e-mail on htccc@dubaipolice.gov.ae or by calling the hotline 800 5005.

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