Muscat: Captain Khalid bin Ali Tabuk, Head of the Human Trafficking Department at the Directorate General of Inquiries and Criminal Investigations of the Royal Oman Police (ROP), revealed the criminal level of human trafficking and how it can be described locally and globally.
He said that the Sultanate of Oman's criminal level in human trafficking is very low, according to statistics prepared by the Directorate General of Inquires and Criminal Investigations.
Captain Khalid revealed that in 2022, 7 cases of this kind were registered with the Royal Oman Police, and that the number of complaints received by the department on suspicions of human trafficking from different governorates is more than 266 out of which 7 crimes were proven in 2022, after proving the crime based on clear and compelling evidence.
Globally, the crime of human trafficking is considered the third biggest crime in the world in which there is a high financial return after arms trade and drug trade. It is one of the hidden organised crimes that are managed by a criminal organisation on a global level, and follow-up and work to combat it takes a long time.
Oman is committed to combating the phenomenon of human trafficking and all practices associated with it, which are not compatible with lofty human principles and values, as they constitute an insult to legitimate human rights and dignity.
The National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking continues working to address this phenomenon in accordance with international and regional treaties and agreements concerned with combating human trafficking.
Oman’s efforts in combating human trafficking revealed
The National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking is in the process of issuing its new law, which is in its final stages, to be in line with regulating current work and labour laws, revealed Ms. Maysa Khamis Al-Shibli from the Office of Combating Human Trafficking, Department of Global Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Regarding the forms of abuse with domestic workers, which may be an indicator of some crime that could lead to human trafficking, Ms. Maysa said that depriving domestic workers from rest days, long working hours, depriving some of them of good food, in addition to exposing them to physical or psychological violence, all such practices may be regulated by the new law.