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Two expats get 10 years in jail, hefty fine for human trafficking

Two expats get 10 years in jail, hefty fine for human trafficking

QNA
Doha
Two Pakistani expatriates have been sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined QR200,000 for enslaving and exploiting two domestic workers.
The convicts, who will be deported upon the completion of their sentences, are obligated to jointly pay each victim QR1 million as compensation.
The National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking has praised the ruling from the First Instance Court of the Supreme Judiciary Council, describing it as a “victory for justice”.
The two defendants have been convicted of crimes stipulated in Combating Trafficking in Human Beings Law No. 15 of 2011.
The charges include practices that amount to slavery, exploitation, forced servitude, illegal detention and assault.
The crime consisted of forcibly exploiting the victims for service, practicing slavery and servitude against them, detaining the victim and depriving them of their freedom, harnessing and forcing them to work without pay, and assaulting the integrity of the victim’s body.
During the past year, the National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking received a report related to persons committing acts related to human trafficking crimes by exploiting employees and exposing them to various forms of torture and ill-treatment.
As soon as the Qatari authorities received the report, the concerned authorities, represented by the police, the Public Prosecution, and the National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking, began their investigations.
The victims were accommodated in the Protection and Social Rehabilitation Center (AMAN) after they received the necessary health care.
The National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking and the security authorities in Qatar conducted their investigations.
After completing the investigations and collecting all evidence, the National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking appointed a lawyer for the victims, while the case proceeded in the Qatari courts.
Minister of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs HE Yousuf bin Mohammed Al Othman Fakhroo and Chairman of the National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking welcomed the court’s ruling and hoped that this ruling will act as a deterrent to any human traffickers who believe that they can evade the rule of law in Qatar.
He added that Qatar is an active member of the international community in combating human trafficking and imposes strict penalties on those found guilty of violating human trafficking laws and does not tolerate any violations or infringement of human rights. He pointed out that the committee affirms that all measures have been taken to provide necessary care and protection to the victims before, during and after investigation.