Sunday, February 26, 2006


The UAE, human trafficking and blackmail from al-Qaeda

It is not the morality concerning human trafficking that is the problem. I personally feel the immorality and illegality are sufficient reasons to deny UAE/DPW the contract. But that is not the more pratical problem their acceptance of human trafficking raises in this issue. From the Dept of State last year:

The United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) is a destination country for women trafficked primarily from South, Southeast, and East Asia, the former Soviet Union, Iran and other Middle Eastern countries, and East Africa, for the purpose of sexual exploitation. A far smaller number of men, women, and teenage children were trafficked to the U.A.E. to work as forced laborers...

The U.A.E. Government does not collect statistics...Widely varying reports, mostly from NGOs, international organizations, and source countries, estimated the number of trafficking victims in the U.A.E. to be from a few thousand to tens of thousands.

The Government of the U.A.E. does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so. Despite sustained engagement from the U.S. Government, NGOs, and international organizations over the last two years, the U.A.E. Government has failed to take significant action to address its trafficking problems and to protect victims.->
Why this is a problem is it demonstrates that we already know we can not trust the UAE gov't to carry through on issues they know they should. Or is the gov't of the UAE going to try and argue they shouldn't comply with the minimum standards. So why are we going to believe now, when push comes to shove, we can count on our security concerns being UAE/DPW's top priority.

Think about it, when you are engaged in human trafficking (and not all of it is for camel jockeying) you are vunerable to blackmail and extortion. From al Qaeda to the UAE ->

You are well aware that we have infiltrated your security, censorship, and monetary agencies...cost  (sic) you many problems that will place you in an embarrassing state before your citizens.
That sounds like a blackmail threat.

How safe do you feel now?

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