Press Release: Human Trafficking in Dubai on the rise

Oct 02 2017
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Paris, France, 02-10-2017 – International Campaign to Boycott UAE, (ICBU) calls on the United Nations to open an immediate investigation on the continued “Human Trafficking” in UAE, especially Dubai.  Dubai has become the capital of Human trafficking with the number of victims reaching more than 100k per year. Part of this number is being lured by Dubai gangs where then they move to other countries. Meanwhile, the rest remain in Dubai.

Thousands of people, mainly women from Asia and Eastern Europe are trafficked to Dubai. Many of them fall victims for labour and forced prostitution. UAE made little efforts.

Previous media reports suggest that “Women from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Pakistan, and the Philippines travel willingly to the U.A.E. to work as domestic servants, but some subsequently face conditions of involuntary servitude such as excessive work hours without pay, unlawful withholding of passports, restrictions on movement, non-payment of wages, and physical or sexual abuse.”

Atty. Dodo Dulay  wrote for the Manila Times, an article titled, “the rise of ‘legal trafficking” where he revealed a new case of “human traffkicing:

Another domestic worker, whom we shall call “Miranda,” also experienced legal trafficking firsthand. A native of South Cotabato, Miranda was hired to work as a domestic worker in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Everything seemed to work out well with her Saudi employer. When summer came, her employer’s family went to Dubai for a vacation and brought her along. While in Dubai, she was allegedly ‘sold’ to her employer’s business partner. As Miranda understood it, she was offered as a sort of ‘present’ to seal her employer’s business deal with his Dubai partner. Eventually, her new Emirati employer ‘lent’ Miranda to his relatives and she was made to service two other households. Despite being overworked, she did not think of complaining as she continued to receive her salary. However, the time came when one of her Emirati employer’s relatives tried to sexually molest her. After Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Dubai rescued Miranda, they discovered that her original foreign recruitment agency was based in Riyadh. Having no valid work papers or residence permit in Dubai, Miranda’s case was elevated to the Assistance-to-Nationals Section (ANS) of the Philippine consulate in the Emirati state so that she could be eventually repatriated to the Philippines using diplomatic channels.”

Another case for a Nigerian woman explains how she was a victim for trafficking gang in Dubai.  Punchng news website published her story titled, “AUDIO: Trafficked Nigerian woman begs to be repatriated”

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