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Combating Human Trafficking

The UAE is a leading player in the global campaign against human trafficking. The UAE was the first country in the region to enact a comprehensive anti-human trafficking law, with Federal Law 51 in 2006. In 2013, the law was amended in conformity with the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children (Palermo Protocol), which the UAE ratified in 2009. The law was further amended in February 2015 to strengthen support for victims and protection for witnesses.

The National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking (NCCHT) was established by Cabinet decision in 2007 in order to coordinate efforts to ensure effective enforcement of Federal Law 51. The National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking has implemented a 5 P's strategy to fight the menace of trafficking comprising Prevention, Prosecution, Punishment, Protection and Promotion of International Cooperation. The Committee produces an annual report on combatting human trafficking in the UAE, which may be found on the Committee's website: www.nccht.gov.ae

UAE counts with a network of shelters to protect and rehabilitate victims of human traffickingthat are located in Abu Dhabi ( EWAA shelters for women and children ), Dubai ( Dubai Foundation for Women and Children) andRas Al Khaimah (Aman Shelter for Women and Children) and has installed ahotline to report cases of human trafficking and for victims to ask for protection 800SAVE.

Since human trafficking most often begins in the home countries of victims, the UAE has signed agreements with several countries to exchange best practices, prevent, protect and assist victims of human trafficking.

The UAE is also participating in several regional and international efforts to counter human trafficking.

We were pleased to host a visit by the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons in April 2013, who recognized the progress achieved by our national campaign

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