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Dubai launches app to combat human trafficking

Dubai Police unveil app to support victims of human trafficking

The state news agency claims the app is the first of its kind in the region.
The state news agency claims the app is the first of its kind in the region.

Dubai Police has launched an app intended to help victims of human trafficking, WAM reported on Saturday.

The state news agency claims the app is the first of its kind in the region.

The service aims to encourage victims and others to report suspected cases of human trafficking using the smart app, so police can monitor such crimes and officials can "reach out and provide them with assistance, including legal support", according to Mohammed Al Murr, director-general of the General Directorate of Human Rights at Dubai Police, quoted on WAM.

The person will then receive a text message, accompanied by a reference number, confirming that the complaint has been lodged with Dubai Police.

Al Murr urged victims and other members of the public to also notify police via e-mail on htccc@dubaipolice.gov.ae or by calling the hotline 800 5005.