IUNW Calls for Action Against Human Trafficking Amid COVID19
The International United Nations Watch has called for ending human trafficking in light of the outbreak of COVID10 Coronavirus, following launching a petition signed by 56 United Kingdom members of parliament and Lords that calls on the British government and the European Union to take action to end trafficking of women from Eastern Europe to the UAE.
The petition was signed by prominent members of parliament in the UK including Alexander David Sobel MP, Wera Hobhouse, Jess Phillips MP, Philippa Whitford MP, Alan Brown MP, Stephen Kinnock MP, Wendy Chamberlain MP, Kate Osamor MP, Ruth Jones MP, and Daisy Cooper MP and dozens of other MPs.
The petition reads, “We, the undersigned MPs and Lords, express our concern about the latest reports published by Human Rights organisation including a report by La Strasda, University of Florence and the International UN Watch where it revealed human trafficking of girls between UAE and Europe is on the rise where Britain has been a transit station for smugglers.”
The petition further called on “HM Government to take immediate action to ensure that such dangerous phenomenon seized immediately.”
The Scotland-based organization noted that the UK government should demand that the UAE to take greater steps to end human trafficking in its territories. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was named a Tier Two country for human trafficking with Dubai being described as one of the top destinations for traffickers, and yet the UAE has exerted insufficient efforts to combat international human trafficking.
The petition called for:
1. Urging the UAE to take further steps in response to international human trafficking from and into its territory.
2. Pressuring UAE to crack down on illegal activities in relation to human trafficking.
3. Calling on UAE to provide immediate support to victims of human trafficking without resorting to deportation to third countries
4. Prosecuting groups and networks of human trafficking and work with other governments to resolve the crisis.
5- Ensuring that any future trade agreements should ensure that UAE is respecting Human Rights and will seriously fight human trafficking.
In Libya, organized crime is still going on, where migrants and African refugees are being smuggled to Europe, a route that is very dangerous for them, where are sexually and financially exploited by gangs and governmental officials.
IUNW sounds the alarm on dangerous trafficking cases in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia where salves are being sold on social media as revealed by a BBC investigation, which promoted the government to take action against trafficking networks.
In the same context, human smuggling into Europe has also risen lately when migrants flooded the borders between Turkey and Greece. Tens of thousands of migrants and asylum seekers waited patiently at the Turkey-Greece borders in February hoping to be allowed to cross to Europe, yet they were faced by teargas and live ammunition, which killed at least one of them.
Organized crime is a key leverage in the movement of the victims across countries, where migrants, including women, pay thousands of Euros to get smuggled to Europe. Many of them were killed while others were forced into the sex-industry.
In light of the outbreak of the Corona virus pandemic, these migrants face increasing dangers, where many of them lack healthcare while others are crowded in refugee camps in Greece and elsewhere in Europe, which puts their lives at risk.
In the same context, IUNW sent letters to Vilija BLINKEVIČIŪTĖ, the chair of the EU Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, urging her to pressure the EU to take action to make sure the UAE adopts measures to end this worrying practice and to make sure trafficked women are safe and have access to healthcare in light of the COVID19 pandemic. A seperate lettre was sent to British Secretary of State for the Home Department, Rt Hon Priti Patel.
IUNW expresses its fear that human trafficking victims in these regions will be easy target for the viral Corona virus COVID-19 due to the lack of healthcare and access to clean accommodations in addition to the existence of large human trafficking and smuggling networks that place the lives of tens of thousands of people in Europe at risk.
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