Saturday, February 14, 2009

Jordanian Government Adopts Anti-Trafficking Laws

In another bit of good news, the Jordanian government has adopted legislation aimed at fighting and preventing human trafficking. The move comes in response to complaints from the international community that local companies are sending foreign workers to Iraq against their will.

Passed on 25 January, the legislation calls for the creation of an anti-human trafficking commission that will not only implement new anti-trafficking laws, but will also open a shelter for trafficking victims.

A report from IRIN states that, in 2008, several Amman-based companies were accused of forcefully transporting Asian workers through Jordan and into Iraq. In August of that year, a Nepalese man filed a lawsuit in which he stated that he and several others were offered bogus jobs as kitchen and wait staff for local Amman restaurants; but after accepting the jobs, their passports and other identification were confiscated and they were sent to Bagdad. The lawsuit also claims that twelve of the man's friends, who were in Bagdad under the same false pretenses, were killed there.

Labor leaders in Jordan have said the new anti-trafficking law could not only help prevent human trafficking, but improve working conditions for tens of thousands of foreigners employed within the country's borders.

Source: IRIN News

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