Toward Eradication of Human Trafficking Around the world

  • 5 August 2014

Human trafficking is one of the most dangerous social problems and the most prevalent human rights violation in the world today. Despite international efforts, led by the United Nations, it is spreading fast and becoming inhuman due to poverty and weak legislations in many countries. Human trafficking primarily targets women and children. International reports indicate that it is most prevalent in Southeast Asia where local or transnational gangs are involved in this organized crime, including sexual exploitation of women and children, organ trade and other brutal crimes. Another phenomenon, not less dangerous than human trafficking, is the exploitation of workers and forcing them to work for long hours in violation of the International Labour Organization laws, without wages equal to their efforts, and denying them health insurance, decent housing and normal living conditions.

In order to combat such crimes the UAE – in its collaboration with the UN and other human rights organizations, and within the framework of its cooperation with various countries – has decided to classify human trafficking as human rights violation in the complete sense of the word. The UAE’s position stems from its realization of the great dangers posed by such activities, particularly considering that millions of people around the world fall victims to such crimes. The UAE is also aware that consequences of human trafficking are not limited to those directly affected but could also lead to social strife, contribute to funding of illicit activities and undermine government authority.

The UAE’s lawmakers have been keen to enact laws and legislations that prevent any chance of this malaise creeping into this country. The Law no 51 (2006) against human trafficking prohibits any recruitment of persons or transferring or deporting them or receiving them under threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception or abuse of authority, or the abuse of their vulnerability, or by giving or receiving payments or benefits to get the consent of a person having control over another person for the purpose of exploitation. It is also clearly defined that such exploitation will include all forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or removal of organs.

Hence, Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, State Minister for Federal National Council and Chairman of the National Committee on Combating Human Trafficking, in his speech on combating human trafficking around the world, emphasized the UAE’s firm and consistent stand on this phenomenon. As part of the UAE’s commitment to global plans to combat human trafficking – including prevention, prosecution, punishment, protection of victims and promoting cooperation at national, regional and international levels – the UAE has called upon countries, international and human rights organizations to uproot this phenomenon and rid the world of its evil and grave consequences.