x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Pimp and prostitute jailed after blazing row, Dubai court hears

Syrian accused of refusing to let Moroccan woman leave apartment.

DUBAI // A pimp who drove a Moroccan woman to clients for sex was jailed for three years at Dubai Criminal Court today.

Syrian salesman MS, 35, rented a flat for AB, 26, and drove her to sex clients across Dubai.

MS denied the charges and told the court that he only helped her find a flat to live in when her aunt called him from Morocco and pleaded for him to help her.

However, AB, pointed at him in court and said he was the man who drove her to customers and took half her income.

"She is lying - her compatriot Fawzia called me from Morocco and asked me to help her because she was coming for the first time to Dubai to work," said the Syrian.

The woman told prosecutors that she arrived to Dubai on January 16 and MS picked her up. He took her to a flat where she stayed with another Moroccan woman and a maid. "He had me stamp a paper that I owed him money, so he makes sure I would repay him Dh45,000 in visa and ticket costs," said the prostitute.

When she finally repaid her debt, she was not allowed to leave, so a heated argument between her and MS ended in her screaming across the building's corridor and knocking on neighbours' doors.

MS ran away and police were notified. He was arrested the next day.

The Moroccan woman was convicted of working as a prostitute and was given one year in prison. Both will be deported after completing their jail terms.

salamir@thenational.ae