Tricked and Trapped: Human Trafficking in the Middle East

This study sheds light on the situation of trafficked adult workers in the Middle East, both women and men. It analyses the complex processes by which vulnerable migrant workers are tricked and trapped into forced labour in various types of work in the region, and the constraints that prevent them from leaving.

This study aims to provide policy-makers and service providers with deeper insight into the nature of forced labour and trafficking in this region. Armed with this knowledge, action to combat trafficking in the region will become more effective, finally bringing an end to this unacceptable form of human exploitation.

It also examines the responses to human trafficking put in place by national governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations, and other key stakeholders, and makes tentative suggestions as to how the effectiveness of their actions might be enhanced in the future.