(MENAFN - Arab News) The number of human trafficking cases in the uae has come down significantly over the years according dr. anwar mohammed gargash minister of state for foreign affairs minister of state for fnc affairs and chairman of the national committee to combat human trafficking
The uae has achieved progress in the fight against human trafficking and will remain proactively engaged in the global campaign against the challenges of such constantly evolving crimes dr. anwar mohammed gargash added in a speech at the launch of the committee's annual report 2013-2014.
"we are happy to release the seventh annual report of this key government initiative against human trafficking as part of the committee's efforts to share information on this critical issue with the general public and the international community" gargash added
According to the national committee to combat human trafficking 27 human trafficking-related cases were registered last year 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. compared to these 19 cases in 2013 there were 58 cases in 2010 and 47 in 2012
Notably the u.a.e. has also recorded a high conviction rate with 12 cases convicted in 2013 involving stiff penalties ranging from one year in jail to life imprisonment and fines reflecting the robustness of the judicial system in the u.a.e.
The uae took several significant steps during the last year which included amending federal law no. 51 to ensure better protection for victims establishing a fund to support victims of human trafficking proactively opening a new shelter in abu dhabi to deal with male victims of human trafficking conducting a public awareness campaign at various terminals of the dubai international airport and forging international partnerships and enhancing cooperation with the countries of origin to tackle the crime at source.