Moldova and United Arab Emirates

Training Programs
Meeting with the representatives of the Dubai Police General H.Q.

Trafficking in human beings aiming at sexual exploitation is one of the most severe crimes. Moldovan girls are trafficked to different destination but the most dangerous is United Arab Emirates, as a new country of destination.

Veronica Lupu meeting with Dubai PoliceTrafficking with human beings aiming at sexual exploitation is one of most severe consequence of the circumstances created lately in the Republic of Moldova, a flagrant breach of the human rights and an offense of the dignity and integrity of the human being. Annually many Moldavian girls are sent to different countries of destination but the most dangerous is the situation in the United Arab Emirates, as a new country of destination. The traffickers from Russia, Moldova identify the most vulnerable persons living critical situations of their lives. Under false pretenses persons are kidnapped, threatened, taken abroad and forced into prostitution. In the destination countries the victims are deprived of identity papers and money, thus they are unable to return to their home country continuing to practice prostitution in order to pay back the so called “debts”, fabulous amounts of money. The fact that Moldova doesn’t have an Embassy, Consulate or other direct contact with the Government Agencies in the United Arab Emirates, makes it even more difficult for its citizens, victims of human trafficking to solve their problems. This fact has motivated us as an NGO to initiate partnership actions between decision-making bodies of the two countries. During the period of 2000 to 2004 we have more reclamations about victims trafficked in the United Arab Emirates both from victims and from their relatives. They tell us about many meetings with representatives of low enforcement bodies that couldn’t help to repatriate victims just because Moldova doesn’t have any cooperation procedure to resolve these situations. These problems motivated us to start a research on this issue in May 2004. The research project was called “Trafficking In Women For United Arab Emirates: Disturbing Facts”.

We considered that this can be a start to encourage our Government to find solutions and save our citizens, victims of trafficking from the very dangerous international criminal system. During a period of 11 months of 2004 we brought from this region, so foreign for Moldavian citizens, 80 victims of trafficking. More that 50 % were imprisoned in Dubai, Abu Dhaby or other prisons. Some victims were imprisoned by criminals in apartments, houses, and nightclubs. The identification and repatriation process was possible due to the insistent negotiation process between our associations and representatives of Governmental structures of United Arab Emirates. That initiative was a solution in changing the situation of our citizens, victims of human trafficking in this region, and in the same time it was possible to show the people of Moldova, via the Exchange Program that the Arab People, especially civil, are very open, reliable, welcoming and treat others with respect and solidarity.

These human qualities have been proven by many citizens of the United Arab Emirates supporting the citizens of Moldova who faced difficult situations in their country. The Women for A Contemporary Society Association tries to do its best to identify solutions in assisting other victims of trafficking to this region that await our support. This case can be a good experience for counties that have victims in Emirates.

Results and Critical Factors:

Veronica Lupu with Dubai PoliceThe accomplishments of our Association are that - we are the first NGO that started communicating with representatives of Emirates Low Enforcement Bodies and Human Right structures about trafficking as a crime and especially an international organized crime. In 2004 United Arab Emirates didn’t have legislations against trafficking. The UAE anti-human-trafficking law - Federal Law 51 was adopted in November 2006 and is the first of its kind in the region. From May 2004 to June 2005 we brought from this region, so foreign for Moldavian citizens, 80 victims of trafficking even though we had no financial and logistical support from Moldovan Government.

Veronica LupuThe identification and repatriation process was possible due to the insistent negotiations process between our associations and representatives of Governmental structures of United Arab Emirates and with generous support of the only Centre for assisting victims of trafficking CITY of HOPE.