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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Increasing Awareness on Trafficking: UAE

Despite the various instruments implemented to combat the international sex trade, and programs to create awareness, the number of victims trafficked has risen. In the past decade, approximately 30 million women and children have reportedly been trafficked from Southeast Asia alone for sexual exploitation and sweatshop labor.

According to The National, Dubai is attempting to crack down on trafficking. For instance, law officers are being urged to scrutinize for possible cases of sex trafficking.

A training programme run by the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking (NCCHT) and led by Paul Holmes on behalf of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), has, over the past four days, focused on identifying, helping and protecting victims.

According to Fiona el Assiuty, the project manager of the IOM's regional multi-action programme, more awareness about trafficking for sexual exploitation is needed. She said that the UAE has taken "huge steps" in efforts to combat trafficking over the past five years, including the introduction of federal anti-trafficking legislation, as well as the establishment of the NCCHT and shelter for victims. "It is clear that the UAE is sincere in its efforts to combat the phenomenon."

According to Mrs. Gulnara Shahinian, the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences, forced labor is not addressed effectively by member states. This is definitely a step in the right direction! One can hope that other countries will follow suit.


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