If forced marriage was considered human trafficking, trafficking cases would soar: Justice Center

Jordan

Published: 2021-08-01 13:57

Last Updated: 2021-09-24 14:46


If forced marriage was considered human trafficking, trafficking cases would soar: Justice Center
If forced marriage was considered human trafficking, trafficking cases would soar: Justice Center

The Executive Director of the Justice Center for Legal Aid, Hadeel Abdel Aziz, said Sunday that human trafficking cases that reach the judiciary are very limited, but if forced marriage was included in the list of human trafficking crimes, these cases would rise significantly.

On Roya's Donya ya Donya program, she said that there are several crimes related to migrant work that could constitute human trafficking, despite the fact that such crimes are not yet punishable as such. She further said that migrant workers are particularly vulnerable as they often fear reporting abuse, and can face language barriers in doing so. 

She added that the absence of a judiciary specialized in human trafficking cases, and the weak prosecution of suspected perpetrators  contributes to weakening the system for combating human trafficking crimes. 

She explained that not all mistreatment can be considered human trafficking, but mistreatment such as beatings, withholding wages, withholding the worker's documents, and withholding his freedom by preventing him from leaving the workplace or residence, may amount to a crime of human trafficking.

She said Jordan has made great strides in the field of combating human trafficking crimes, especially in the field of legislation.