Escorts are often a common sight in Dubai and other Gulf cities, but some are being accused of sexual exploitation.
Escorts and escort services in Dubai are among the most common employers in the country, according to the latest research by the UK-based International Escorts Network.
The UAE has one of the highest rates of sex trafficking in the world.
The World Health Organisation defines sex trafficking as the recruitment of children and vulnerable people for commercial sexual exploitation in countries where trafficking is widespread and occurs in all regions of the world including the UAE.
The number of cases of human trafficking has soared in the UAE since the onset of the Arab Spring in 2011, and in March this year, the government announced the creation of the National Initiative Against Trafficking in Persons.
The programme is focused on helping victims to leave the country through a variety of options including legal, employment and financial.
The study by the University of London, which looked at the prevalence of domestic servitude in the Gulf, found that it had risen by 35 per cent in just one year between 2013 and 2015.
It said that this trend, coupled with the fact that many of the domestic workers are young, poor and in a vulnerable position, has resulted in them becoming victims of human rights violations.
While the number of reported cases of sexual violence by domestic workers is low, the research found that there were two to three cases of rape or sexual assault per 100,000 domestic workers, which can amount to up to 10 victims per day.
The research also found that nearly two-thirds of victims in UAE domestic service workers reported being abused.
It added that the UAE is home to the largest number of foreign workers in the Middle East, which accounts for almost three-quarters of its labour force.
“The UAE has a long history of using its migrant labour force to provide domestic service services to foreign workers, but there are also significant risks for these workers, particularly in the absence of a national system of protection,” said Dr Jafar Alshawi, a lecturer in human rights and migration at the University at Birmingham.
“A large number of the victims of trafficking in UAE labour are women, many of whom are under-aged and vulnerable to exploitation.
These workers are at the heart of the UAE’s migrant labour market, and they should be protected from abuse, exploitation and forced labour.”
In response to the growing number of complaints, Dubai authorities have introduced new legislation aimed at protecting the rights of domestic workers and ensuring their safety, according the report.
It also urged the government to take action to stop the recruitment and exploitation of domestic service employees.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Tourism and Culture said that the law is aimed at reducing the number and exploitation in the industry.
“It protects all workers, irrespective of their status and age,” the spokesperson told The National.
“We encourage all domestic workers to report any form of abuse, to work together with their employers and to have a safe working environment.”
It also said that domestic service companies are responsible for the safety and security of their employees.
“All workers should be provided with safety and protection from all dangers,” the ministry said.
According to the UAE Ministry of Labour, domestic workers must be paid a minimum of $200 a month and receive a basic allowance of $40 a day. “
Furthermore, all domestic service providers should ensure that they are complying with all legal requirements.”
According to the UAE Ministry of Labour, domestic workers must be paid a minimum of $200 a month and receive a basic allowance of $40 a day.
“However, employers should not be allowed to force domestic workers into unpaid overtime, or take them on work shifts for unpaid hours,” the statement added.
The ministry also said it was aware of an increase in the number, and types of complaints made to the ministry.
“While the ministry does not have a data-collection mechanism, we do take all complaints very seriously,” the minister said.
However, the Ministry for Labour also said, that it was working with the Ministry and the authorities to combat the growing problem of domestic working.
“In the meantime, we recommend all domestic services providers, including those employing foreign nationals, to increase their awareness of the risks involved in domestic labour,” the Ministry said.
While Dubai has a reputation for being a safe place to work, the UAE has not only experienced some of the most violent crimes in the Arab world, but also some of its most difficult issues.
“Dubai is a city with a strong reputation for security, but it also has a large number and increasing number of people in its labour market who have experienced serious risks,” Al-Shawi said.
It has been a decade since the start of the war in Afghanistan, but Dubai remains a safe city for UAE workers, Al-Sharif said.
Al-Mansour, who has worked in the Dubai city centre for the past seven years, said the industry had become a safer and more secure place to live.
“There is no longer a lot of danger.
There is a lot less fear