Saturday, February 18, 2006

More Information on the Proposed Deal with DP World for Managing 6 U.S. Ports

In a previous post  I commented on the Washington Post's article  reporting on approval of the deal with DP World that would allow a company based in the United Arab Emirates  to assume oversight of operations at six American ports.   The $6.8 billion sale would affect commercial port operations in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia
In addition to concerns about this move as a risk to the security of these ports, it should also be noted that the UAE was one of the 14 countries in the world that the US blacklisted for
human trafficking.  You can read theThe U.S.State Department Releases 2005 Trafficking In Persons Report  at:
   and at
"Trafficking in persons is an important issue in the UAE. The U.S. State Dpt. 'Trafficking in Persons Report' stated that, the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) is a destination country for men, women and children trafficked primarily from South and East Asia and the former Soviet Union for the purposes of sexual and labor exploitation. "
If  it bothers you that the managment of major US ports could be turned over to DP World please consider contacting your elected officials and voicing your concerns.   Visit to contact your elected officials.  
Also, please considering signing a petition asking the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to reverse it's decision.  Go to:  to sign the petition.  



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