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Qatar opens shelter for trafficking victims

Qatar opens shelter for trafficking victims

Satyendra Pathak
Doha
In yet another significant move towards improving the condition of expatriate workers, the National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking on Tuesday inaugurated the ‘Human Care Center’, which provides assistance and protection to victims of trafficking in persons, rehabilitating and integrating workers into society, and temporarily hiring them until their departure is ensured.
The announcement was made by Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) Undersecretary and National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking (NCCHT) Secretary Mohammed Hassan al Obaidly during an event to mark the World Day Against Human Trafficking 2019 in Doha on Tuesday.
“A shelter for providing immediate relief to victims of trafficking, the Humanitarian Care Center is in line with Qatar’s keenness to combat the crime of trafficking in human beings with utmost decisiveness and speed,” Obaidly said.
Located in Al Maamoura, the centre includes six villas, with each having a capacity to accommodate 52 persons. The centre will be fully operational by the end of this year in partnership with Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) and Qatar Charity.
QRCS will manage the daily affairs, while Qatar Charity will provide funds to run it.
Out of the six villas, one has already been delivered and the rest five villas will be made available by the end of this year.
“While two villas will accommodate males, two villas will be for female. One villa each will be dedicated to provide space for preparing food and other services to male and female workers separately,” QRCS Secretary General Ali bin Hassan al Hammadi said.
Speaking during a panel discussion to highlight the facilities at the Humanitarian Care Center, an MADLSA official said the shelter would provide necessary assistance and protection to victims of human trafficking and ensure their rehabilitation and integration into society.
“The furnishing of the six buildings designated as a shelter for the workers has been done in a decent and distinguished manner. Appropriate mechanism has been put in place in coordination with the authorities concerned in the state to receive the victims. Until the justice is done to a victim, he or she can live in the shelter,” the official said.
He said that any victim of trafficking can submit the complaint through the website of NCCHT or through the security department where the ordinary criminal complaint is submitted. “We will also coordination with the security departments to receive such victims at the shelter,” he said.
Talking to Qatar Tribune on the sidelines of the event, ILO Project Office Qatar Head Houtan Homayounpour said opening of the Humanitarian Care Center in Qatar is a major step towards ensuring the safety of expatriate workers.
“I have personally visited the shelter. I am quite satisfied with the facilities available there. I am sure it will take a very good shape once it is fully operational. This is such an important step forward ensuring that victims get the support they need, including access to justice,” Homayounpour said.