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Gargash: Combating human trafficking is among UAE's top priorities

posted on 27/09/2009: 852 views



Combating human trafficking is among the top priorities of the United Arab Emirates who is committed to the global efforts in this regard and is working closely with the international and regional law enforcement bodies to eliminate this dangerous phenomenon through strict measures, stressed Dr Anwar Gargash, Chairman of the UAE National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking (NCCHT).

Gargash, who is also UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Minister of Federal National Council Affairs, made his remarks as he chaired the 16th meeting of NCCHT in Dubai to discuss the latest UAE's anti-human trafficking efforts and further commitment to combating the crime in all its forms.

NCCHT said 17 human trafficking cases were reported across the UAE during the 2nd quarter of 2008 and 38 suspects were arrested.

NCCHT also discussed the expansion of its membership to include representatives from Abu Dhabi Shelter, which was set up to serve victims of human trafficking and exploitation, and Dubai Charity Association (DCA).

The meeting also put off the launch of the media campaign was put off to January 2010. It was scheduled between 27-29 September this year.

Gargash hailed the efforts of Dubai Police to fight this type of crimes, including the setting up of a dedicated department to help neutralize the threat posed by human trafficking to social balance.

The topics discussed at the meeting included explanations from Dubai Police on the new department which is tasked with studying, researching and analyzing human trafficking crimes and boosting regional and international cooperation.

This initiative, Gargash said, add boost to the recommendation of the Ministry of Interior on human trafficking and the instructions of H.H Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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