Thursday, November 29, 2007

United Arab Emirates: Man Tried for Forcing Girl into Prostitution

Dubai's skyline at night

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — A Bangladeshi national was charged with running a human trafficking and prostitution racket and forcing a 17-year-old girl from his country into prostitution. The case came before the Dubai Criminal Court recently.

The Public Prosecution accused M.A.A., 39, of bringing the girl to the UAE and forcing her into prostitution.

The victim testified before the court on Tuesday that she had arrived in the country on June 10 on a visit visa sent to her by M.A.A., whom she knew.

There were three other Bangladeshi women on the same flight she arrived in at Dubai International Airport. M.A.A. was at the airport to receive them. They were taken to a house in Al Hamriya area in Deira where they were told to stay till M.A.A. could arrange jobs for them.

The latter, however, threatened her and compelled her into prostitution, at least ‘temporarily’. The girl agreed but also planned her escape, which later she did.

One day, she was taken to the flat of a customer by a friend of M.A.A. in a cab. When the vehicle slowed down due to a traffic jam, she jumped out and ran to a grocery shop, she said. She sought help from the shopowner who immediately informed the police...


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