Where to Find Experts

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Experts on forced labor, human trafficking and irregular migrant labor often focus on a specific country or specific migration corridor in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. It is strongly recommended to seek experts from both origin and destination countries as they can provide different insights into the various phases of the migration process. International Labour Organization
Organization reports cover a range of topics related to trafficking and forced labor, and their authors can be contacted for further commentary. The ILO’s regional headquarters are based in Beirut and its current projects include the Regional Fair Migration Project in the Middle East.

Statistics and Studies: Where is the Data?

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Data on human trafficking, forced labor and irreegular migration is everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Incidents are reported regularly, but this information tends to be scattered across media outlets, government reports and the publications of civil society organizations. For journalists willing to put in the hours, rich data can be mined from archived local media reports, which are available online. Both media in origin and destination countries regularly report on the numbers of undocumented workers deported from a country, or incidents involving trafficked workers.

Essential Reading

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Below we highlight the most critical sources for understanding trafficking, forced labor and irregular migration issues in the MENA region. Human Rights Reporting and News
Human Rights Watch: HRW has produced multi-lingual reporting on the situation of migrant workers and domestic workers in the MENA region since the 2000s. Reports feature in-depth interviews with workers and analysis of regulations. Their website also features current statements on recent news.

10 Case Studies in Human Trafficking

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Below we profile 10 stories of trafficking and forced labor common throughout the countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council region, which includes the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. Domestic Workers: Trafficking and Unscrupulous Recruitment
Indian Women Duped by Recruiters. Indian women are regularly trafficked through the United Arab Emirates and forced to work as domestic workers in other countries in the GCC, where they are not registered with their embassies and can be subject to appalling working conditions. Here’s a similar story. Domestic Workers For Sale in Oman. Domestic workers are being traded illegally by expatriate agents in an Omani town for less than $4,000.

A Guide to Reporting on the Gulf Arab Countries

Over 11 million migrant workers work in the six Middle Eastern countries — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. Journalists attempting to investigate human trafficking and forced labor in the region have faced many challenges. GIJN, in collaboration with human rights organizations, is launching this first bilingual guide to teach journalists best practices, tools and steps in reporting on human trafficking and forced labor in the Gulf region.

مواقع وأدلة لإيجاد المصادر والخبراء

هل تبحث عن مصادر؟ العثور على الخبراء في مجالات معينة  هو أمر حيوي  للبدء بتنفيذ العديد من القصص الصحفية. وقد اطلعت الشبكة العالمية للصحافة الاستقصائية على  مواقع مختلفة لمصادر الخبراء، وفيما يلي ستة  منها  تحتوي على قواعد بيانات موثوق فيها يستخدمها الصحفيون بالعادة