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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 September 2018

Couple fail in bid to overturn life sentences for forcing adopted daughter into sex industry

Pakistani couple used forged papers to bring the girl to the UAE as their daughter and then beat her and forced her into prostitution. 

A couple who forced their 14-year-old adopted daughter into prostitution will spend life in prison after losing an appeal against their sentence.

In May, Ras Al Khaimah Criminal Court sentenced the Pakistanis and two compatriots to life for trafficking and forcing the girl into the sex industry.

The incident came to light in October last year when the girl fled their home and the husband filed a missing person ¬report with police.

When the teenager was found in the home of a woman in Ajman, she told police she had been beaten and threatened with death if she did not do what she was told.

The husband told police that he brought the girl from Pakistan to the UAE as his daughter after forging her documents.

All four appealed against the sentence, but the RAK Appeals Court upheld the life term and deportation for the married couple.

The sentences given to the two male compatriots were reduced to one year, to be followed by deportation

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