The Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK (ABH), a National Hajj specific charity working for the welfare and wellbeing of pilgrims, has welcomed the national campaign launched by London Police to warn prospective British Hajj/Umrah pilgrims about the threat of rogue and unscrupulous tour and travel operators, who try to con the pilgrims with their malpractice and fraudulent activities.
Every year over 125,000 British Hajj/Umrah pilgrims travel to Saudi Arabia. It is highly deplorable that the rogue Hajj/Umrah tour and travel operators indulge in all sorts of illegal and immoral activities, causing extreme hardship, trauma, financial exploitation, and mental anguish to a vast majority of these travellers, who lose out millions of pounds every year in Hajj scam. The most alarming aspect of this growing culture of exploitation and corruption is that these service providers prey on vulnerable pilgrims, including sick, elderly and disabled, and take undue advantage of these travellers by charging extortionate prices for their services, which are often not delivered as promised in the UK. It is a total rip-off compared to similar travel packages to other travel destinations around the world, taking into consideration that many pilgrims are likely to have spent their life-savings to undertake what for many is a once in a lifetime trip.
ABH UK has been campaigning tirelessly for over a decade to raise the plight of these vulnerable British travellers and the violation of the legislation which protects these travellers.
Over the years, a number of MPs, Members of House of Lords, Ministers, and Law Enforcement Authority Chiefs have been unanimously condemning the exploitation of these Hajj scam victims. The London Police Chief Commander Steve Head, while speaking at a recent ABH meeting at the House of Lords which was attended by a number of MPs and Members of House of Lords, assured his full support to tackle the issue of Hajj/Umrah fraud.
ABH is optimistic that these long awaited initiatives taken by the law enforcement authorities will be successful in eliminating exploitation and malpractice amongst Hajj/Umrah service providers by upholding the rule of law.
Source: The Asians