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UAE reports decline in human trafficking cases

The federal government authority is planning to increase its campaign to crackdown on the practice

UAE reports decline in human trafficking cases
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UAE authorities saw a decline in the number of human trafficking-related cases last year, falling from 47 in 2012 to 27 in 2013, according to a new government report by The National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking.

According to the committee’s annual report, 27 human trafficking-related cases were registered by the Ministry of Interior under Federal Law No. 51, out of which the Public Prosecution treated 19 as human trafficking cases.

These cases involved 24 victims and led to the arrest of 50 traffickers. This was represented a decline on previous years, when there was 58 cases in 2010 and 47 in 2012, the WAM news agency reported.

"The government recognises that the more informed it is about the victims of trafficking and the sources of trafficking as well as the transit countries and methodologies practiced by traffickers, the more it can do to prevent this crime. This report therefore attempts to integrate the various processes involved in this effort," Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and chairman of The National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking (NCCHT), was quoted as saying.

The NCCHT was established in 2007 to implement the national strategy to counter human trafficking after Federal Law No. 51 on Combating Human Trafficking became effective in the UAE a year earlier.

In order to further crackdown on the practice, the UAE intends to adopt a number of measures. These include extending the airport awareness programme to all the northern emirates, conducting a workshop to educate the private sector about human trafficking and enabling companies in the sector to prevent instances of trafficking during the process of hiring workers.

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