In Dubai, the glittering heart of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), women who have been trafficked from around the world are manipulated and forced into sex work. Many of these women must seek clients in the city’s lavish hotels where staff and management turn a blind eye. The anonymity provided by five-star hotels, often operated by some of the biggest names in global hospitality, coupled with a lack of accountability and apathy within the sector, has helped to ensure Dubai remains a global hub for human trafficking.
Where the Emirati authorities have so far failed in clamping down on human traffickers, international hotel brands have a responsibility to ensure no victim is exploited on their premises. However, as many international visitors to Dubai’s hotels will be able to attest, sex workers (some there by choice, many not) are a regular sight.
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