x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Women 'were forced into prostitution'

A Nigerian woman accused of forcing two of her compatriots into prostitution appeared in court on charges of human trafficking.

DUBAI // A Nigerian woman accused of forcing two of her compatriots into prostitution appeared in court yesterday on charges of human trafficking. JA, 32, and her security guard, AG, 36, denied the charges before the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance. AG also denied raping one alleged victim. The two alleged victims, aged 23 and 22, told prosecutors that JA had approached them in Nigeria and offered them jobs as waitresses in Dubai.

But after arriving on January 28, they were told they would be sent to nightclubs to solicit customers and earn US$20,000 (Dh73,000) in exchange for their freedom. The women were sent to a flat in Al Baraha, Dubai, and held with others, the court heard. An officer for Dubai Police said they were alerted on April 29 after the two women escaped. The trial was adjourned until August 9. @Email:amustafa@thenational.ae