x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Five years in jail for Dubai pimp

A pimp who forced a woman into prostitution and raped her twice is sentenced to five years in prison.

DUBAI // A pimp who lured a woman to the UAE with the promise of a maid's job but forced her into prostitution and raped her instead was today sentenced to five years in prison.

AS, 35, was found guilty by the Criminal Court on charges of human trafficking and two counts of rape, while MA, 26, NA, 23, and RA, 28, were found guilty of aiding and abetting him in the trafficking and sentenced to three years in prison each.

All the men will be deported back to Bangladesh after completing their prison terms.

The maid was rescued in March last year after calling a Ministry of Interior hotline and reporting her ordeal.

She had arrived at Dubai International Airport from Bangladesh on November 20, 2011, under the impression she would be working as a maid, but was instead moved to an apartment behind her country's consulate where she worked as a masseuse for two months.

But the men told her she could not continue as a masseuse as she did not speak a foreign language and said she would have to prostitute herself.

They beat her when she refused. She gave in but after 20 days she could take no more and asked to go home - the men then assaulted her and locked her in a room where the pimp raped her twice.

salamir@thenational.ae