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November 01, 2017
Ewa'a Shelters for Victims of Human Trafficking: Human trafficking crimes rates in UAE dropped
Abu Dhabi: Human trafficking crimes largely dropped in the UAE due to the tangible efforts of the country in combating these crimes. Last year, 2017, witnessed around 19 cases, versus more than 71 cases in 2010, as per Sara Ibrahim Shuhail, General Director of Ewa'a Shelters for Victims of Human Trafficking. A total of 17 victims have been given shelter this year.


Shuhail confirmed, in a statement to Al Ittihad newspaper, that these positive results constitute the fruit of initiatives and efforts that have been carried out by the country over the last twelve years, declaring that new diploma courses, in human trafficking issues, will be conducted to Ewa’a shelters staff.

She also noted that the shelters developed strategic plans to reduce human trafficking crimes rates, pointing to the efforts officially launched by the country in 2006 to combat these crimes, and maintaining that the UAE has made significant strides in combatting these heinous crimes. She added that the UAE works on implementing the anti-human trafficking five-pillar national strategy of the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, through steps like launching awareness-raising campaigns to improve the level of awareness regarding these crimes, organizing diploma courses on issues related to human trafficking for Ewa’a shelters staff, knowing that such courses represent a first of its kind in the Arab world. Likewise, several multi-lingual media campaigns have been launched to inform people about the crime of human trafficking. Moreover, international partnerships are concluded with source countries and cooperation with them is furthered.

In addition, Shuhail indicated that strategic partners in the field of combatting human trafficking are working according to developed plans, which include lectures, seminars and workshops; besides conducting specialized studies with all partners participating in these events.

Regarding prospective plans, Shuhail said that the shelters develop annual plans to improve its performance in the field, adding that “we have large plans which we hope we will be able to achieve in the near future”. Furthermore, she pointed out that Ewa’a helters for Victims of Human Trafficking, as per specialized international reporters, is a role model, especially for the countries that seek to establish similar shelters.



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