Qatar's National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking plans to launch an awareness campaign in the next few days that aims to educate workers on their rights and make them aware of the crime of human trafficking in order to help them avoid falling into its trap.
This was announced by Khalifa al-Abdullah, member of the National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking and representative of Public Prosecution, on the occasion of World Day against Trafficking in Persons.
Speaking on the occasion, al-Abdullah reviewed the efforts and laws passed by Qatar to combat human trafficking.
Several ministries, NGOs, International Labour Organisation (ILO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) GCC office, and the US embassy participated in the event organised by Qatar's National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking.
The committee marked the occasion by launching a number of campaigns to raise awareness about anti-trafficking laws and means of communication with the committee to provide the necessary assistance and protection to the victims and to rehabilitate them and integrate them into society.
Head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for GCC, Hatem Ali, praised the efforts of Qatar and the country's national committee in combating human trafficking.
Ali appreciated the co-operation between the UN GCC office and the committee on organising several regional and international programmess of action that highlight this crime.
He also praised the role Qatar played in supporting the Arab Initiative to combat human trafficking, in addition to the country's effort in developing that co-operation with the UNODC and the Arab League.
Meanwhile, head of the family affairs department at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs Najat al-Abdullah stressed that Qatar spares no effort in supporting the measures adopted by the international community to promote and protect the rights of women and children and to provide security, development and basic services to them in various fields while respecting and preserving their rights and freedoms.
Meanwhile, head of the ILO office in Qatar said that human trafficking is a crime that is linked to the movements of people and therefore is not limited to a particular region or country.
He added that as a result, it requires serious work on a regional and international level in order to eliminate and prevent that crime.
He also noted that that there are millions of men, women, children and workers around the world suffering from forced labour and trafficking, something that is badly hurting their future.
He praised Qatar's signing of a memorandum of understanding with the United States of America on dealing with human trafficking cases, as well as the opening of an ILO office in Qatar, reflecting the seriousness of the State in dealing with this crime and contributing to its regional and international elimination.
He also highlighted the role of Qatari officials in working with embassies of labour-exporting countries to increase the stakeholders' ability to deal with human trafficking and forced labour.