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Emirates in tie-up with UK to fight human trafficking

Initiative aims to train cabin crew to spot possible labour abuse

Emirates in tie-up with UK to fight human trafficking
Emirates president Tim Clark said the partnership would 'aim to address human trafficking, drug smuggling and theft'

Emirates’ security division has teamed up with the UK government to launch an initiative to fight human trafficking.

The tie-up is an e-learning initiative between Emirates Group Security and the UK Home Office, intended to train Emirates cabin crew to spot possible labour abuse on- and off-board the aircraft.

Emirates president Tim Clark said the partnership would “aim to address human trafficking, drug smuggling and theft”, using educational resources and expertise from the UK government.

Paul Broadbent, CEO of the Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority at the UK Home Office, told an aviation security conference in Dubai on Sunday: “Hundreds of millions of vulnerable people are trapped in slavery as a result of abuse of labour laws. We understand this is abhorrent; others do not.”

The former British police officer said his organisation worked with stakeholders to identify possible cases of labour market abuse and free victims. In the aviation sectot, this requires cabin crew to notice, for example, if a teenage girl boards an aircraft without personal belongings and appears frightened or nervous in the company of an elder.

Clark said the e-learning initiative was being officially launched this week, but did not provide further details.

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