80 ARRESTED IN BAHRAIN IN CLAMP ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND 19 WOMEN RESCUED

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More than 80 alleged human traffickers have been arrested, within the space of 18 months. 19 of those were detained between Jan 1 and Jun 9 this year, according to a senior Interior Ministry official.

Another 67 individuals were arrested last year, including 34 women and 33 men, revealed Anti-Human Trafficking and Protection of Public Moral Values acting director, Lieutenant Colonel Abdulwahab Rashid. He said, a total of 19 women, who were victims of human traffickers, had been rescued in over five months, this year. That compares with 38 victims, 37 women and one man, during the whole of 2017.

A total of 67 suspects, including 34 women and 33 men, were accused in those cases.

Speaking to the ministry's Al Amn publication, he said, many of those cases had been reported to a hotline (17718888) that was dedicated to combating human trafficking. Others were brought to the attention of authorities by foreign diplomats working in Bahrain.

The department, since its establishment, had a large number of suspects, who were referred to the Public Prosecution, in addition to individuals who were sentenced to jail terms by a court, Lt Col Rashid, said.

He added, department staff had been trained to identify victims and co-operated with law enforcement in countries that were considered to be a known source of human trafficking.

Of the 19 suspected traffickers arrested between Jan 1 and Jun 9 this year, seven were women.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK