For the first time, male victims were last year listed among those rescued from human trafficking in the United Arab Emirates, according to a report by the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking.
According to a report by WAM, the UAE state news agency, “51 possible victims of human trafficking were rescued in 2018, who not only included women and children but also men for the first time, who are all people of determination”.
As many as 77 suspects were prosecuted, with life sentences handed out in six cases, committee chairman and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, was quoted as saying at a press conference.
The UAE launched a campaign to fight human trafficking in 2006, when it issued Federal Law No.51, with an amendment added in 2015.
The minister said the report reflects the UAE’s transparency and commitment to raise awareness and combat human trafficking, adding that the committee’s programmes in 2018 helped over 240,000 people in categories that are vulnerable to human trafficking.
He said the committee’s training programmes also benefitted 6,201 personnel, including judges working on labour cases, police officers, and workers from ports among others.
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