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steverolston already put this up on his blog, but in the interests of vanity, ego, and self-promotion, I’m embedding it here, as well. I’d been told that Blair Butler was a fan of Queen & Country before, but it’s damn nice to see her saying as much for all the interwebs to see.

She mentions the first volume of the “Definitive” editions as the last piece of the segment. Kinda makes me want to sit down and start writing series 2. But I can’t do that, because I have, like, a half-dozen other projects to clear out or start first, not the least of which is this DAMN NOVEL.

Anyone out there who can link human trafficking in East Africa to the UAE, drop me a line, okay? (And let’s face it, it’s not very often you hear a request like that get made…at least, not in public.)

22 Responses to Ink

  1. drkscrtlv

    Kinda makes me want to sit down and start writing series 2.

    Yes, please.

    I just picked up Red Panda and was cringing while reading since the foreword suggested it’s the final Tara book. But it was a very hopeful ending, I thought.

    But I can’t do that, because I have, like, a half-dozen other projects to clear out or start first, not the least of which is this DAMN NOVEL.

    Do you have a list of projects somewhere?

  2. anuisance2you

    what sort of link?

    Are we talking about a plausible yet fictional link?

    That, I could probably work up. a plausible yet real link would be harder and my diplomatic credentials are strangely non-existent…

  3. admin

    Re: what sort of link?

    Factual, ideally.

  4. admin

    I do not have a list of projects “in the works.” This is due, in large part, to the fact that they haven’t been announced yet.

    That said, it’s something I’m considering doing.

  5. anuisance2you

    Re: what sort of link?

    I figured that. Don’t see too many paid writers solicit ideas on the ol’ LJ.

  6. nealbailey

    I think that’s the lady that interviewed the two gals with very skimpy dresses on right in front of my booth without asking and blocking any traffic to it.

    Their butts quite literally went up Jeffrey’s nose.

    But still, it’s obvious she at least has good taste. I did the same, even though I’ve already read the first two. It was one bath, and I was a damned prune at the end of it.

    Occam’s Razor solution to your UAE East Africa problem? They likely got the gas in East Africa for the shipping truck for the humans from the UAE. Otherwise, I got nothin’. But I’m interested to see what you’re playing with there…

    Honestly, I can’t wait for volume two. The first one blew me away.

  7. insektmute

    Speaking of the Definitive Editions, have the previous trades been going out-of-print? I’ve had an unusually tough time tracking down the last few volumes, even resorting to buying one off Alibris.

  8. parakkum

    Should we trust in your Google-fu and presume you’re asking for someone with personal, insider knowledge about Africa-to-UAE trafficking? There’s a reasonably substantial body of trustworthy reporting accessible online already on that topic.

  9. jonlaw

    A start

    From the Country Narratives chapter of Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000: Trafficking in Persons Report 2007.

    Full report at

    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (Tier 2 Watch List)

    The United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) remains a destination country for men and women trafficked for the purpose of involuntary servitude and commercial sexual exploitation. Women from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Ethiopia, and the Philippines migrate willingly to the U.A.E. to work as domestic servants, but many face conditions of involuntary servitude such as excessive work hours without pay; verbal, mental, physical, and sexual abuse; and restrictions on movement. Similarly, men from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Pakistan come to the U.A.E. to work in the construction industry, but are often subjected to involuntary servitude and debt bondage as they work to pay off recruitment costs sometimes exceeding two years’ wages. Women from Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, India, Pakistan, the People’s Republic of China, the Philippines, Iraq, Iran, and Morocco are reportedly trafficked to the U.A.E. for commercial sexual exploitation. Some foreign women were reportedly recruited to work as secretaries, but were trafficked into forced prostitution or domestic servitude. The U.A.E. may also serve as a transit country for women trafficked into forced labor in Oman and Sudan, and men deceived into working involuntarily in Iraq. Although children were previously trafficked from South Asia, Sudan, and Mauritania as child camel jockeys, all identified victims were repatriated at the U.A.E.’s expense.

    Note that the DOS reports that “Women from … Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, … are reportedly trafficked to the U.A.E. for commercial sexual exploitation;” all East African nations.

    I would expect that UN reports may cover this, and there is a clearinghouse site Human Trafficking in [United Arab Emirates] which may prove fruitful.

    Don’t have tome to dig any more now. Run with it.

  10. admin

    Re: A start

    I’d seen the State report, but had missed the reference to Uganda, specifically. This is helpful, but only insomuch as it confirms what I suspected.

    Thanks for the diggin’!

  11. admin

    My Web-Fu waxes and wanes these days. This one I’m having enough trouble finding anything substantive that a little web-community help seemed like a good idea. The best I’m getting are the entries from State, as linked.

  12. admin

    I’m not certain, to tell you the honest truth. I’ll find out.

  13. parakkum

    In that case, some more links…

    A Bloomberg article on the topic:

    UAE’s ratification of the UN anti-trafficking protocol:

    An article on the UAE’s involvement with UN.GIFT (the anti-trafficking group):

    The UAE is actually the primary funder of UN.GIFT ( ).

    Two articles on the UN.GIFT site:

    The Human Rights Watch page is almost entirely focused on conditions for Sri Lankan migrant laborers, rather than trafficked individuals from Africa:

    It may be worth going through all three Country Narratives pages from the 2007 U.S. State Department report on human trafficking searching for “United Arab Emirates,” as they are mentioned in quite a few country narratives other than their own:

    Incidentally, I happen to be in Italy right now, and they actually have PSAs for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (which is responsible for helping to stop trafficking, among other things) called, “Your No Counts.” In it, various border guards and political officials are shown rejecting bribes. Fascinating.

  14. jonlaw

    Re: A start

    Not as direct a link, but mentions Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya

    Study on Trafficking in Women in East Africa available at

    1.1.2. Trafficking in women
    a. Domestic labour – To the Middle East
    Middle Eastern countries such as Bahrain, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates
    are the main destinations for women trafficked for domestic labour. There is widescale
    trafficking of women especially from Ethiopia to the Gulf – in Lebanon alone, there are an
    estimated 20,000 to 25,000 Ethiopian domestic workers, a significant number of whom are
    trafficked. In Ethiopia, existing research has looked at modes of trafficking, profiles of migrant
    workers, the conditions in the destination countries and problems facing women returning
    home. Ethiopian organisations and the Government are taking action to address trafficking at
    various levels. As Kenyan women are also being trafficked to the Middle East, much can be
    learnt from the actions taken by the Government and NGOs in Ethiopia. In Tanzania and
    Uganda, women do migrate to the Gulf for prostitution and possibly domestic labour, but
    trafficking in women for domestic labour could not be verified.

  15. admin

    I think I was unclear — I’m not worried about constructing a fictional connection; I can do that, no trouble. What I’m after is some hard factual evidence, reports, interviews, published data, etc., that can be used as a primary resource and for verification purposes.

    The making it up part, man, c’mon…that’s the EASY part!

  16. admin

    These are good, thanks.

    The link to the UAE, and the steps to combat what’s happening, have been relatively easier to find than the corresponding information with regards to East Africa. And I’ve yet to encounter a good narrative describing that particular journey, as opposed to several that I’ve read reporting the abuse and abduction of women and children out of Philippines, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka, etc.

    That tidbit about the PSAs is fascinating — and, frankly, the kind of detail I eat up with a spoon. Thanks for sharing that, particularly.

  17. admin

    Re: A start

    Again, excellent. Thank you.

  18. admin

    Re: A start

    From the above study:

    Ugandan women do migrate for prostitution, especially to the Gulf States of Saudi Arabia and
    United Arab Emirates. The Immigration Department stated the Middle East (especially United
    Arab Emirates), France and Spain are the main destination countries where women are
    deported from (i.e. women migrating illegally for sex work).100 NGOs state that women who
    go to the Gulf for sex work do not seem to be held in slave-like conditions. As yet, there is
    no system in place to interview or record women who return in order to ascertain those who
    may have been trafficked into exploitative labour conditions. Evidence seems to suggest that
    women go to the Gulf independently as voluntary sex workers. The movement is not well
    organised but via informal networks of women. The Immigration Department did state in
    some cases women are deceived about the nature of the work, and that they have their
    passports confiscated upon arrival. There is little known about women trafficked abroad for
    domestic labour, as occurs in other East African countries.

  19. jonlaw

    Re: A start

    I sense that this remains poorly studied and there is a lot going on that has yet to be exposed.

  20. nealbailey

    Oh, no, you were clear. I was being a smartass, trying to make a joke…

    Heh. I defer to you on the creativity. Hell, I learn from YOU on that.

  21. adam_0oo

    The media is all heavily state influenced in the UAE. All the major local papers have to have a front page, over the bend story about how great the royal family is, every day. Also, there is tons of money floating around there, so everybody has some kind of maid or manservant. All the nationals are at least somewhat rich, and the white expats at least all have money as well. Also, since the price of domestic help is so cheap, even the middle class can afford them.

    Also, the excellent movie Spartan, a victim kidnapped for white slavery purposes ends up in Dubai.

  22. dannyperkins

    As things get made public I don’t mind maintaining a list for you over at the Bloc Greg.

    I’d do it now, but I’d be affraid to spill the beans on an un-announced project since I don’t know what is announced and what isn’t at this point.

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