A BAHRAIN official has become the first government official in the Gulf to receive a top honour for his efforts to counter human trafficking and protect the rights of migrant workers.
Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) chief executive Ausamah Al Absi was honoured by US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump last night during the launch of the US State Department report on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) 2018.
The report mentioned Mr Al Absi as “TIP Heroes” for playing an instrumental role in the increasing protection of trafficking victims.
“I am proud of this achievement,” Mr Al Absi told the GDN from Washington where the report was released.
Mr Al Absi, who is also the National Committee to Combat Trafficking in Persons chairman, was hailed as a “devoted advocate working to improve labour conditions for Bahrain’s large migrant worker population”.
The report said under Mr Al Absi’s chairmanship an impressive 200-bed shelter for trafficking victims was set up and the “flexible work permit” was introduced in July last year, allowing some illegal foreign workers to live and work in the country as their own sponsors.