New law stems trafficking well

Walaa Hawari; 27/7/09

Saying that human trafficking is a problem “that all societies suffer from,” the head of the governmental Human Rights Commission, Bandar Al-Iban, said the recently implemented law against the practice is “one of the most distinguished laws made to deal with limited individual cases (in Saudi Arabia).” Dismissing charges that have been made by human rights groups abroad, Al-Iban said that human trafficking, forced labor and sexual exploitation are not common crimes in the Kingdom, and that the rarity of such violations is a reflection of the Saudi Arabian government’s concerns to confirm human dignity by criminalize abusing people, which is against the grain of Islamic values. “The values that enabled the Kingdom to protect the rights of its citizens and residents as assured by the Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Prince Naif,” said Al-Iban.