Emirates cabin crew are being trained how to spot signs of potential human trafficking cases on board flights as part of a new partnership with the UK Government.
A new anti-human trafficking learning module will form part of the training requirements offered crew and other airport ground staff.
The e-learning course will also cover other on-board criminality such as drug smuggling and theft, and will begin in October.
“Human trafficking is a global problem that affects hundreds of thousands of people worldwide,” said Dr Abdullah Al Hashimi, Divisional Senior Vice President, Emirates Group Security.
“We have developed this new training module with the aim of helping our staff become more aware and observant of the behaviour of potential crime offenders and possible victims of human trafficking.
“By collaborating with the UK government, we have been able to build in more practical insights and information into this new module which reinforces the existing training that we have been imparting to our staff.”
The course will also be included as part of the aviation security programme offered by Emirates Group Security in collaboration with Edith Cowan University, Australia.
The UK Government has shared its expertise in identifying important behavioral traits of traffickers as well as victims and case studies of successful interception and prosecution of offenders.
The course also offers practical guidelines on what staff can do in situations where they suspect a potential crime.
“Airlines have a vital role to play in combating these crimes and initiatives such as this are an important way of ensuring that those on the front line know what to look out for and what to do,” said Brandon Lewis, UK Government Minister for Immigration.
"This Government has taken world-leading action to tackle the despicable crimes of modern slavery and human trafficking.
“As part of this, our Immigration Enforcement teams work closely with law enforcement colleagues in the UK and abroad to identify the criminal gangs responsible and put them before the courts.”