DUBAI // Two Chinese nationals were charged this morning with trafficking two girls, ages 12 and 16, into the emirate and forcing them into prostitution.
Records say the defendants, along with a third suspect who is at large, imprisoned the two girls in an apartment in Al Rafaa area and prostituted them to strangers.
Both suspects are also accused of overstaying their visas in the country and failing to pay related fees to the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department. ZZ is accused of working in prostitution; she admitted to those charges.
The older girl was taken to a different apartment, prosecutors say. Both girls were beaten, locked up and forced into sex, the charges say.
On June 22, 2010, the older girl escaped and fled to Ajman to search for a friend of her mother’s, according to records. She told prosecutors she also wanted to find her sister, so after discovering the phone number of the man who bought her sister, she called and arranged a meeting in Deira.
She added that after being imprisoned and beaten, she managed to call an Emirati man she had met and told him about their situation. The man, she told prosecutors, called the police, who raided the apartment on June 25, 2010, and arrested the two suspects.
The next hearing has been scheduled for February 9.