UAE: Help a victim of trafficking with this information

The United Nations refers to it as the “hidden figure of crime” as estimates show that anywhere between 20 and 40 million people are trafficked worldwide. Only 0.04% of these people get identified, making the battle against human trafficking one of the toughest global fights.

The UAE recognizes this and has several laws, rules and protection systems to keep this evil at bay as much as possible.

So, what exactly constitutes human trafficking?
According to “Human trafficking involves recruitment, harbouring or transporting people into a situation of exploitation through the use of violence, deception or coercion and forced to work against their will.

“In other words, trafficking is a process of enslaving people, coercing them into a situation with no way out, and exploiting them.

“People can be trafficked for many different forms of exploitation such as forced prostitution, forced labour, forced begging, forced criminality, domestic servitude, forced marriage, and forced organ removal.”

Human trafficking in numbers:

51 per cent of identified victims of trafficking are women, 28 per cent children and 21 per cent men

72 per cent people exploited in the sex industry are women

63 per cent of identified traffickers were men and 37 per cent women

43 per cent of victims are trafficked domestically within national borders

Information courtesy:

UAE combatting human trafficking

The UAE condemns, prohibits and penalises human trafficking through a comprehensive action plan to fight it regionally and abroad. The plan includes: prevention of human trafficking, prosecution and punishment of traffickers, protection of survivors and promotion of international cooperation.

Report trafficking and get support in the UAE


The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (DFWAC) is the first licensed non-profit shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence, abuse and human trafficking in the UAE. It was established in July 2007 to offer victims immediate protection and support services in accordance with international human rights obligations.

The foundation provides free services to women and children who are victims of violence. It offers a helpline, safe shelter, case management, medical care, psychological support, counselling and legal, consular and immigration assistance. In addition to those core services, DFWAC also provides secondary support services including children’s education, recreational activities, vocational services, physical fitness, all-round empowerment and skills training.

You can contact them on 800111 or email on

Published @ Gulf News

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