Book Fair Focuses on Human Trafficking in Doha, Qatar
"Let's read for a future without human trafficking" was the theme of the recent book fair held at the FANAR Qatar Islamic Center. The event was organized by the Qatar Foundation for Combating Human Trafficking (QFCHT) in collaboration with Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS) and included a seminar to raise awareness about human trafficking and encourage scientific research in the area.
Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage, His Excellency, Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz al Kuwari, inaugurated the book fair. He applauded the efforts made by researchers to study the factors behind human trafficking. "It is our duty to raise awareness and educate people about the risks of human trafficking. Obviously QFCHT and Naif University are doing a great job in this regard," he proclaimed.
The idea for the book fair originated from the recommendations of the 2008 conference on "Combating Human Trafficking between Theory and Implication," and the 2010 "Doha Foundation Forum."
The book fair included publications and literature from various authors in the region, highlighting topics such as domestic servitude and labour laws and regulations. The event featured research conducted by the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Qatar.
The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) provided publications in Arabic for the event.
QFCHT Director, Maryam al-Malki, stated that the foundation has deployed efforts since its establishment in 2008 to educate the public about human trafficking. She explained that the fair was part of the effort to reach out to schools and universities.