Dubai Hot Line Rings 24-7 as Boom Times Roll

By Iman Azzi – Womensenews – Friday March 21, 2008

A text message from a woman locked in a bathroom and a call about Uzbeki trafficking victims at the airport are routine for women running a shelter and hotline in booming Dubai. Fourth in a series on women and Islam.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (WOMENSENEWS)–Sharla Musabih, an operator of a women’s shelter here, can’t even take a coffee break. Sitting outside a Starbucks kiosk on the ground floor of one of Dubai’s smaller shopping malls, Musabih holds the phone that just doesn’t stop ringing.

The first government-run shelter for women opened last August and on Feb. 27 the United Arab Emirates announced plans to establish more shelters for victims of human trafficking, to be run by the UAE Red Crescent Authority.

But Musabih says her phone is still the only reliable hotline for victims of domestic abuse and trafficking in the country. . .

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