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Dubai: Police have launched a smart app – the first of its kind in the region – to combat human trafficking.

How does it work?

The phone and computer app intends to help victims report these types of crimes through the click of a button.

Rebuilding shattered lives after human trafficking

Victims are requested to enter their personal data, ID number and e-mail address, and the type of required assistance. The person will then receive a text message, accompanied with a reference number, confirming that the complaint has been lodged with Dubai Police.

In a statement, Brig. Dr Mohammed Al Murr, Director-General of the General Directorate of Human Rights at Dubai Police, said that the service will help victims report human trafficking victims through the smart app, “so that police officials could reach out and provide them with assistance, including legal support.”

Brig Al Murr said that residents can also notify police through contacting them on e-mail at htccc@dubaipolice.gov.ae or by calling the hotline 800 5005 to report crimes related to human trafficking.

He added that the UAE has adopted a number of programmes, launched various campaigns and initiatives, as well as implementing stringent laws in the fight against human trafficking. 

Number of human trafficking victims rescued in the UAE:

2009 - 38

2010 - 71

2011 - 43

2012 - 24

2013 - 23

2014 – 17

Source: Ewa’a Shelter for Victims of Human Trafficking in Abu Dhabi