Image

Abu Dhabi Police uncovers 18 people hidden under the floor of a truck driven from Oman into UAE in September, 2019.

PHOTO BY ABU DHABI POLICE


Human smuggling in UAE: 41 victims found, 67 suspects arrested

 

DUBAI – The UAE has thwarted 23 human smuggling bids involving 41 victims last year, the UAE’s annual report shows.

Released on Thursday, the report revealed that human smuggling figures in the UAE last year dropped by 30 percent compared to 53 cases in 2018.

One of the cases involved the attempted smuggling of 18 men and women hidden under the floor of a truck driven from Oman into Abu Dhabi in September last year.

According to the annual report by the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, 67 people were arrested for their involvement in human trafficking cases in the UAE.

The suspects were taken to court for prosecution and convicted of human trafficking, with sentences ranging from life imprisonment to deportation. Some cases are still ongoing.

Dr. Anwar Gargash, chairman of the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, said the victims were rescued and given support to complete their education.

Gargash said the committee has signed agreements with countries including the Philippines, India, Indonesia and Thailand to share information to help combat human traffickers. ICA/Expat Media


For all the latest news from the UAE and the world, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and subscribe to our YouTube page

Share


ADVERTISE HERE Find or post new jobs, motor ads and classifieds

Explore Expat Media