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Our Say... : Not human trafficking!

IT IS very controversial that since the start of Ramadan this year, the media has been buzzing with news from near and far highlighting corruption, embezzlement and illegal undertakings. Whether such dastard deeds and unethical illegalities were committed during or prior to Ramadan is not the issue here, as the corrupt and the embezzlers would not be checked by the advent of the blessed month anyway. To them it is a way of life to cheat others in order to maximize their unlawful gains. Such is the state of affairs now, that sadly one gets accustomed to hearing such news without batting an eyelid; the repetitiveness of cases that involve cheating people out of their assets and investments and even out of their rights as human beings to fair treatment, has resonated over the years without any strong reaction to it. The case of the stock brokerage company which trades on the international bourses and stock exchanges, and which has announced its liquidation proceedings has caused quite a stir in the financial sector. Thousands of investors are affected and stand to loose their savings if no action is implemented quickly to safeguard their rights under the law. It is about time that the Securities Commission raised the cost of entry to the stock brokerage domain by demanding a large capital outlay to be deposited with the Commission to safeguard the rights of individuals where the stock brokers to falter in their businesses. As an alternative, restricting brokerage to banks rather than to individuals may help in overcoming this problem, as banks already keep some of their liquid assets deposited at The Central Bank of Jordan. The second and more sinister issue to hit the news was the case of the Nepalese workers who were allegedly imported by some Jordanian and American companies to work in Jordan. Once these workers arrived, their passports were confiscated and they were driven to Iraq to undertake work there for the American companies in Iraq. As a consequence, 10 of the workers were killed in the violence that rips the Iraqi cities daily. Since when has Jordan become part of the international human trafficking chain that disregards the right of human beings to freedom and dignity? As for the third issue, it is a whopper! Forty Jordanians who represent employment agencies in Jordan that import Indonesian labor into the Kingdom, traveled to Indonesia but were held there and not allowed to leave Jakarta. The Indonesian authorities cite cases of human trafficking involving Indonesian maids below 18 years of age. Jordan plays a regional role and it would be a shame to be stigmatized as a country that turns a blind eye to corruption and embezzlement just because the perpetrators think themselves to be beyond the reach of the law, whether due to position held or wealth amassed.

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Publication:The Star (Amman, Jordan)
Date:Sep 8, 2008
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