x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Five years in jail for men who forced Dubai girl into prostitution

Two men who convinced a girl to mortgage her family's house so she could come to Dubai to work - but then kidnapped her and forced her into prostitution - have been sentenced to five years in prison each.

DUBAI // Two men who kidnapped a teenage girl and forced her into prostitution were yesterday each jailed for five years.

The victim mortgaged her family’s home to come to the UAE to work as a tailor. She arrived in Dubai in November and was met at the airport by a man who took her to an apartment, beat her unconscious and raped her.

She was given to two Indian labourers, M?S, 27, and R?A, 28, who forced her to have sex with up to five men a day. She was rescued during a police raid on an apartment in Naif, near Maktoum Hospital, after a customer promised to help.

An undercover police corporal paid Dh150 to enter the flat and see the girl.

“She told me she was not allowed to go out or make calls. She said she was waiting for the chance to run away,” he said.

The labourers were arrested and charged with human trafficking and running a brothel. The building’s Indian watchman, Z?M, 36,  was charged with aiding and abetting and jailed for a year.

salamir@thenational.ae