They lured the Moroccan victim to come to the UAE by promising her job in a beauty salon and tried to force her into flesh trade.
Dubai – Two women expatriates, who lured a Moroccan girl and brought her into the UAE promising her a job at a women’s beauty salon but forced her into prostitution, have been convicted of human trafficking, fraud and pimping.
The Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance on Monday sentenced the two defendants — one Moroccan, identified as A.F., 22, and a jobless Syrian, identified as R.M.A, 28 — to three and two years in jail, respectively, for cheating the victim, identified as A.S., after they learnt she was looking for a job. The duo bought the air ticket for A.S and after picking her up from the airport, they took her to an apartment and locked her up when she refused to give in to prostitution.
According to court records, the case dates back to the beginning of this year when the victim said she was contacted by A.F while she was at home in Morocco, and promised her a job at a beauty parlor in the UAE.
Later, A.F told the victim to keep in touch with an unidentified woman in Morocco who asked her to sign a 10-million Moroccan dirham trust receipt saying that it was a debt contract. The unidentified woman told the victim that only after she signed it, her work visa, flight ticket and other procedures could be processed.
A.S signed on the trust receipt, and when she arrived at the Dubai airport, she called up A.F., who asked her to take a cab and come to her apartment in Al Nahda neighbourhood. On reaching, A.F. withheld the victim’s passport, and told her that she would have to work as a sex worker in a brothel instead of a beauty salon, to which A.S. refused, but A.F. prevented her from leaving the flat.
The next day, A.F. forcibly took the victim, along with some other girls to a hotel, where she presented them to a group of men, so that each man could choose one girl for six hours of sex against Dh1,500.
However, the victim was not selected by the group of men, and returned to A.F’s flat where she stayed for a week, after which A.F took her to a hotel and gave her passport to her as the hotel policy required the guests to surrender their passport before taking a room. The accused then took the victim to a room where she saw four men and a Syrian woman waiting for them. She was handed over to one of the four men, a Saudi, who gave her Dh1,500.
But when she wept and told him about her ordeal, he at once took her to the airport, where he bought her an air ticket to go back home. However, when she was going through the passport control counter, the officer did not let her pass as her labour contract was not cancelled.
She then went to the airport police and told them her story.
Police arrested A.F, who denied the charges levelled against her. But the victim identified her in an identification parade. Later, the second accused was caught from Al Muraqqabat area in Deira, and it was found that she used to get Dh700 from each girl. Police also recovered contraceptive pills and a number of condoms as well as a register that she used for the trade flesh business.
The duo was referred to the public prosecution, which charged A.F with human trafficking and illegal detention, and R.M.A with running a brothel, exploiting women and debauchery.