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Qatar:
Military & Transnational Issues

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Military branches
Definition
Qatari Amiri Land Force (QALF), Qatari Amiri Navy (QAN), Qatari Amiri Air Force (QAAF) (2007)
Military service age and obligation
Definition
18 years of age for voluntary military service; no conscription (2008)
Manpower available for military service
Definition
males age 16-49: 320,383
females age 16-49: 167,475 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service
Definition - World rank and map
males age 16-49: 258,159
females age 16-49: 143,999 (2008 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Definition
males age 16-49: 7,539
females age 16-49: 7,022 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP
Definition - World rank and map
10% (2005 est.)
Disputes - international
Definition
none
Trafficking in persons
Definition
current situation: Qatar is a destination country for men and women from South and Southeast Asia who migrate willingly, but are subsequently trafficked into involuntary servitude as domestic workers and laborers, and, to a lesser extent, commercial sexual exploitation; the most common offense was forcing workers to accept worse contract terms than those under which they were recruited; other conditions include bonded labor, withholding of pay, restrictions on movement, arbitrary detention, and physical, mental, and sexual abuse
tier rating: Tier 3 - Qatar failed, for the second consecutive year, to enforce criminal laws against traffickers, or to provide an effective mechanism to identify and protect victims; it continues to detain and deport victims rather than providing them protection; the government made little progress to increase prosecutions for trafficking in a meaningful way in 2007; workers complaining of working conditions or non-payment of wages were sometimes penalized (2008)


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