Since enacting the Federal Law 51 in 2006, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has stepped up its fight against human trafficking according to the Annual Report 2015 released by the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking (NCCHT).
Up from last year’s 15 cases involving human trafficking, 2015 has registered an increase to 17 cases (24 victims) with a total of 54 traffickers arrested. Three cases saw prison sentences handed down, followed by deportation.
While these figures are better than the previous years, the report also highlights that “the government will intensify its campaign with each passing year, with zero tolerance as its moto and in line with international standards”.
The UAE is following its 5-Ps strategy that includes the prevention of trafficking, prosecution of traffickers, punishment of traffickers, protection of victims and promotion of International cooperation.
With a media campaign being run across the country, Dr Saeed Al Ghafli pointed out that there is a growing awareness in the UAE about the issue.
Besides short videos on social media, the campaign is targeting potential victims in English, Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, Tagalog Filipino, Bengali, Russian and Indonesian-Basha.