x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Man jailed for luring widow to Dubai for prostitution

SA lured a 31-year-old mother of two to Dubai by promising her a job as a maid, but instead locked her up and forced her to prostitute herself.

DUBAI // A pimp who forced a widow into prostitution has been sentenced to five years in jail.

SA, 50, from India, lured the 31-year-old mother of two to Dubai by promising her a job as a maid, but instead locked her up and forced her to prostitute herself.

The Criminal Court heard that the woman first came to Dubai in August 2011 to search for a job as she needed to support her two sons after the death of her husband.

She stayed for two months, during which time she would stick her Indian phone number on apartment doors to advertise her services as a maid. She then returned to India.

In February 2012 a man called and told her he wanted her to work as a maid in Dubai for two years in return for Dh800 monthly salary.

She returned to the emirate on March 5 last year and was taken to a flat in Deira near London City Hotel. Hours later the man told her she would need to prostitute herself to make a living. She refused and demanded that the man return her passport but he would not.

"[He] brought in the first customer who had sex with me although I was resisting and screaming the whole time," recalled the woman, who was required to have sex with up to ten men per day.

She escaped after gaining access to a phone and calling police. "I took the address of the flat from one of the customers and gave it to police," she said.

The man will be deported after completing his jail term.

salamir@thenational.ae