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UAE trains Afghan women on trafficking victim shelter management

In Human Trafficking on July 1, 2013 at 12:22 pm

The training covered the shelter’s support and protection to victims to ensure proper housing, counselling, medical, psychological and material assistance, keeping in mind the special needs of different victims.

Established in 2007, the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children is the first licensed non-profit shelter in the UAE for women and children victims of domestic violence, child abuse, and human trafficking.

The foundation offers victims immediate protection and support services in accordance with international human rights obligations, including a helpline, emergency shelter, and support services to women and children victims.

Source: Gulf News


Abu Dhabi human trafficking victim feared arrest for prostitution

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on June 17, 2013 at 9:26 am

A human trafficking victim delayed reporting her ordeal because she feared she would be charged with prostitution, a court heard this week.

The woman, from Syria, came to the UAE after a neighbour said her husband could find her work. But when she arrived the husband and another woman confiscated her passport and took her to a brothel.

She was told she had to prostitute herself because she had not paid all of her travel expenses.

She was forced to have sex with clients for seven days.

“Why didn’t you report them immediately to police?” asked Chief Justice Sayed Abdul Baseer, head of the Criminal Court.

Sobbing, the woman said she was scared she would be charged with prostitution. She eventually agreed to tell the police after a friend urged her to do so. She had been in the UAE for just 10 days.

Source: The National

More Than 500 Indians Abused by Human Trafficking, Lawyer Says

In Bonded Labor, Debt Bondage among Migrant Workers, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on June 2, 2013 at 3:28 pm

In October 2006, Signal allegedly started bringing in more than 500 Indian guest workers this way, employing them as pipe fitters, welders and ship fitters.

The men had to eat in company cafeterias and pay more than $1,000 a month to live in company man camps – trailers with beds stacked inside them, and one or two bathrooms to be shared between 20 to 24 men. The camps were fenced and segregated from other Signal employees, and the men were told that the money for the camps would be taken out of their pay whether they chose to live there or not, Landers said.

If workers complained they were told their H-2B visas would not be renewed by the company. That pretty much tied their hands because Signal was the company that got the H-2B visas. An H-2B visa keeps the worker tethered to the company that procures the visa so finding another visa would be a challenge, to say the least.

Source: Houston Press

Ewa’a eyes support for male victims of human trafficking, paper

In Human Trafficking on June 1, 2013 at 3:33 pm

The UAE’s support network for victims of human trafficking is debating the idea of opening a shelter for men, but no decision has not been taken yet, according to a local newspaper.

Ewa’a Shelters for Women and Children, which operates in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah for victims of human trafficking, wants to be ready to serve any adult men who need help, Maitha Al Mazroui, development and follow-up manager for Ewa’a, was quoted as saying by Abu Dhabi’s The National daily.

“We heard many people ask, �Why don’t you have a place for men?’ If there is a need, we’ll open.” The proposal is still in a preliminary stage and is being discussed by the Ewa’a board of directors, Al Mazroui said.

Source: WAM

UAE shelter mulls support for male victims of human trafficking

In Human Trafficking on May 28, 2013 at 2:49 pm

The country’s support network for victims of human trafficking is debating the idea of opening a shelter for men.

The measures include a new federal law and the formation of the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, which will support and enforce it.

The Ministry of Labour’s decision to establish an anti-human- trafficking department is a positive initiative, a seminar in the capital was told.

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End poverty to fight human trafficking

In Human Trafficking on May 17, 2013 at 11:06 am

The UAE continues its efforts to combat the issue of human trafficking through cooperation with partners, said Dr Abdul Rahim Yousif Al Awadi, Assistant Foreign Minister for Legal Affairs, in a statement yesterday, before high-level meetings on improving the coordination of efforts against people trafficking.

“The UAE has contributed to many tangible achievements through commitment and the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons”, he said, noting that the UAE also contributed to the establishment of a trust fund to help victims of human trafficking, and the release of the first report on trafficking in persons in 2012, prepared by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Tackling human trafficking, he continued, depends largely on addressing poverty and weakness, as well as on building national capacities to tackle such a crime.

Source: Khaleej Times

UAE Human Trafficking Shelter received 166 victims in past four years

In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Social Justice on April 28, 2013 at 2:06 pm

The UAE’s centre for victims of human trafficking received during the past four years 166 women and children.

The centre operates under the umbrella of the Red Crescent Authority and coordinates with the National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking. It provides medical and psychological care for the victims, legal and social assistance, and vocational training programmes to help them start a new phase in their life.

The shelter in Abu Dhabi, set up in 2008, received 126 victims, the centre’s branch in Sharjah, which began operations in 2011, received 22 victims, while the centre in Ras Al Khaimah has cared for 18 victims since 2011.

Source: Gulf News

UAE guide to help human trafficking victims

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on December 28, 2012 at 12:32 pm

The Dubai police have issued a comprehensive guide that aims to help human trafficking victims file lawsuits and to secure their right to defence at all stages, the UAE’s Al-Bayan reported Saturday (December 22nd).

Col. Mohammed al-Murr, director of the Dubai police’s human rights department, said the guide details the regulatory procedures that government agencies and other entities take when working with human trafficking victims.

The circular seeks to aid the victims of such crimes, provide them legal aid through the courts and offer them humanitarian care including shelter, he said. It details the relationships between police centres, shelters, embassies, houses of worship and other concerned entities.

According to al-Murr, the guide is the first to be issued by an Arab country.

Source: Al-Shorfa

Victim’s Stories

In Awareness, Child Labor, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Involuntary Domestic Servitude on December 24, 2012 at 9:05 am

Ethiopia-United Arab Emirates
Mary left her home in East Africa determined to earn money for her family. But from her second day of work as a maid in a private house in the United Arab Emirates, she was beaten daily. “If she didn’t beat me in the day, she would beat me at night,” Mary says of her employer. The beatings continued for two years. Once, Mary’s employer threw boiling water on her and continued to beat her after she collapsed in pain. She was denied medical attention. Her clothing stuck to her wounds. Her employer ordered Mary to have sex with another maid on video. When Mary refused, the woman put a hot iron on her neck and threatened her with more beatings. After two years, a doctor noted wounds, scars, and blisters all over Mary’s body.

Source: US State Department

Shelters record drop in human trafficking victims seeking help in UAE

In Human Trafficking on November 17, 2012 at 4:17 pm

So far this year only 21 women have arrived at the shelters – as opposed to 160 throughout the whole of 2011, according to Al Ittihad, the Arabic-language sister paper of The National.

Sara Shuheil, the executive director of Iwaa (shelter) centres, said the drop was a result of the “mechanisms that have been put in place by the authorities, in terms of investigation and oversight and the application of deterrent sentences against human trafficking criminals”.

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