RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is making significant headway in countering human trafficking, according to a report released recently by the US State Department.
According to statistics, trafficking in Saudi Arabia is limited compared to the population of the country. This indicates that it is not a growing phenomenon.
Several Saudi legal experts have recently rejected reports in the media that the Kingdom has not fully complied with anti-trafficking conventions.
A Saudi human rights official recently said that the Kingdom has heavy penalties for violations including fines of up to SR10 million and 15 years in prison.
The Saudi Council of Ministers approved anti-trafficking laws in 2009 and also decided to form a committee consisting of representatives of the Human Rights Commission and other government agencies to monitor the situation