JEDDAH: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday signed an agreement with the Saudi Human Rights Commission to combat human trafficking in the Kingdom.
The agreement envisages strengthening mechanisms and strengthening institutional capacity to identify, assist and protect victims.
The National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking (NCCHT), composed of members of seven government entities, also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in combatting trafficking in persons with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
The committee’s National Referral Mechanism, launched in March, helps combat people trafficking by outlining best practice for handling individual cases. It also details coordinated roles and responsibilities for relevant authorities in the Kingdom.
The framework was launched in cooperation with UNODC and IOM. It coincided with the launch of an anonymous digital reporting service, embedded in the NCCHT website, that allows people to provide information on possible human-trafficking violations in the Kingdom. The Kingdom is making all efforts to combat human trafficking by promoting the prosecution and conviction of perpetrators and the provision of medical, psychological and legal assistance to victims.