x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Man 'forced his wife into prostitution', Abu Dhabi court hears

A Syrian man has been accused of forcing his Lebanese wife into prostitution, the Criminal Court has heard.

ABU DHABI // A Syrian man has been accused of forcing his wife into prostitution, the Criminal Court has heard.

MA was said to have exploited his Lebanese wife, ZS, by marrying her and then bringing her to the UAE to engage in sexual activity with other people for cash.

Acting on a tip-off, police approached the woman in an Abu Dhabi hotel, where she was found to have Dh100,000 in cash in her possession, which she told the court she had brought with her from Lebanon. Both ZS and her husband were then arrested.

MA told the court that he has three wives and children and so affords his wife freedom to do what she wants, alleging that she opted into prostitution of her own accord.

He denies the charge of easing her into prostitution and begged the court to set him free.

The wife then broke down in court and shouted that her husband was telling lies. She denies a charge related to prostitution.

The case was adjourned until a hearing on April 10.

anwar@thenational.ae