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Abu Dhabi centre working to stamp out trafficking records...

A centre that cares for victims of human trafficking in Abu Dhabi has received and cared for 198 women and children over the past four years.

Officials said there has been a decrease in the number of victims of human trafficking received at the shelter this year compared with 2012. Statistics show that the centre has cared for 17 people so far in 2013, compared with 24 victims for the same period in 2012.

General manager of the shelter Sarah Shuhail said: "The shelter provides these victims of human trafficking with medical care, social support, protection, safe shelter, rehabilitation and integration."

Shuhail said some of the victims go to the centre after calling the shelter's hotline and asking for help.

Other victims are brought in by security agencies so they can be provided with care and support.

The official advised victims of human trafficking who may be staying illegally in the country or who have become involved in other crimes not to fear contacting the shelter so they can get help.

The centre in Abu Dhabi, and two other branches in Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah, were established in 2008

within the framework of the UAE's efforts to combat human trafficking.

Officials said a new shelter for male human trafficking victims will open in the capital next year.

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Date:Nov 10, 2013
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