05 August 2014

75% decrease in human trafficking victims in first half of 2014

“The three cases received during the first half of this year were referred to DFWAC by Dubai Police. In two of the cases, the victims were to be trafficked outside the U.A.E.
The first victim was approached by an unknown person promising work at a beauty salon. The second victim was promised work as a babysitter by a friend, while the third victim, who was working as a maid in the U.A.E., was promised better work and pay elsewhere by an anonymous person,” Al Basti explained.

Al Basti also said that the three victims, who were aged between 21 and 26, were subjected to sexual, physical, verbal and emotional abuse, and one of them was also subjected to financial abuse.

“Cases are directed to DFWAC through self-admission, via the hotline, or from our partners such as the public prosecution department, the courts, foreign embassies and consulates, shelters, various police departments and other help-lines around the emirates,” she added.

“A comprehensive evaluation is made of each case and a decision is then taken as to whether it is an external case or an internal one that requires immediate shelter at the foundation. A case manager is allocated to follow-up on the procedures,” Al Basti said.

The Director-General added that the foundation provides many services to victims of human trafficking, including a helpline (800111), emergency shelter and support services. It also provides a customised rehabilitation plan specifically designed for each case.