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UAE launches new blitz on human trafficking

New Ministry of Labour unit to 'promote stable labour market'; draft new legislation.

UAE launches new blitz on human trafficking
Amnesty International activists wearing T-shirts reading end modern slavery protest against human trafficking near the Ministry of Justice in Athens on March 7, 2008 a day before the International Women Day. According to Amnesty International, Greece has been a transit and destination country for trafficked persons since the early 1990s. AFP PHOTO / Louisa Gouliamaki (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The UAE on Monday announced that it has set up a new unit aimed at combating human trafficking.

The move by the UAE's Ministry of Labour has been made in an effort "to promote a stable labour market based on the rule of law", the Ministry said in a statement.

The new unit will contribute to the preparation of new draft legislation to combat labour trafficking and develop "effective tools" to monitor and prosecute cases.

The Ministry said the unit would ensure that legitimate rights and interests of employers and workers would be protected and enforcement tools would be deployed to counter offenders.

The fledging anti-human trafficking section will operate under MOL's Inspection Division and be responsible for developing indicators that identify potential labour trafficking activity.

It will monitor compliance with current laws and regulations governing contracting for employment, the statement added.

Saqr Ghobash, the Minister of Labour, said the formation of the new unit was a "pre-emptive strategic initiative", adding that it would play an "important role".

"The UAE Ministry of Labour firmly believes that human trafficking represents a threat to the welfare and security of our society and national economy and, consequently, to the proper functioning of our labour market," he said.

"It threatens the interests of workers and employers alike; that is why we acted to establish a dedicated section in accordance with the federal government's strategy," he added.

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Kaptain 10 years ago

..if the visa policies are shifted from sponsorship based theory to companies' based policy..the result would be quite effective and positive..which shall nip the bud in the first place. A sense of security and lower cost of visa processing and expense bearing associated with it could be avoided or minimised to a greater extent.. Human trafficking is bane to the society which flourishes almost everywhere. Either bring the foreign exchange rates of those developing countries to an acceptable level where the trafficking issue would get lesser input in volunteers.. Also..company sponsorship visa programs would ensure longer lasting worker and employer bonding..where the latter would have a responsibility to report the number of workers available with it..

Rokee 10 years ago

In terms of human trafficking, ME stands number one. Low salaries, inhuman living conditions, withholding employee's passport, denying him change of work etc. Could any one find a better explanation for slavery? The similarities are striking. Hopefully the trend is reversing now as the traditional labour markets are booming, allowing the labourers to stay back in their own countries with better living conditions and salaries.

Khatur Rajee Mathew 10 years ago

Well, all said and done, we need a partnership with public NGO (whihc doesnot exist in UAE) to mutually help each other to fight the combat of huma trafficking. More necessary is the Embassies willingness to come down to the level of uderstanding the labour issues which many a times turned blind. God Bless us all...we are living in a cultures society and not in "barbaric era"