18 April 2012

Human trafficking cases down 37%, says UAE gov’t

The investigation, compiled by the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, added that ?the implementation of the UAE’s legal and social support mechanisms during the last five years of its concerted fight against human trafficking has been recognised by the international community”.

Despite the positive results in the UAE, a US State Department report last year said the fight against human trafficking, from abuses of migrant workers to organised prostitution networks, has lost ground in the past year.
The number of countries failing to comply with international standards to prevent human trafficking almost doubled to 23, according to US State Department?s 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report released in June. ?The problem of modern trafficking may be entrenched, and it may seem like there is no end in sight,? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement accompanying the report. ?But if we act on the laws that have been passed and the commitments that have been made, it is solvable.?

As many as 27m people are ?living in a state of modern slavery,? she said.
Eleven countries have dropped into so-called Tier 3, those with the poorest record of fighting trafficking, joining 12 nations previously listed in that category under guidelines set by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
The 11 countries are: Lebanon, Yemen, Algeria, Libya, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Micronesia, Turkmenistan and Venezuela.
They join nations such as Iran and Saudi Arabia with the poorest records on taking action to prevent human trafficking.