Abu Dhabi police officers were able to thwart the smuggling of 18 workers at the Khatam al Shakla border, which stands as a checkpoint between the Omani Al Buraimi governorate and the UAE city of Al Ain.
In an attempt to illegally enter the UAE, the 18 men and women were stuffed into a hollowed-out truck bed. Law enforcement officials were able to locate and arrest these infiltrators on Tuesday after they were tipped off about the illegal venture across borders.
The police released a statement, saying “Human trafficking, or people smuggling, is the facilitation, transportation, attempted transportation or illegal entry of a person or persons across an international border, in violation of laws of one or more countries, either clandestinely or through deception, such as the use of fraudulent documents.”
They also stressed the lack of triumph anyone will experience when attempting to tamper with the security and safety of their homeland. These illegal endeavors are believed to cause an increase in crimes and threats against citizens of the country, which is why authorities take serious action against those who commit them.