x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Dubai trafficker jailed for forcing younger woman into prostitution

The woman was sentenced to two years in jail for forging the passport of her compatriot and forcing her into prostitution when she came to the UAE.

Dubai // An illegal resident was jailed for two years on Tuesday after she was convicted of human trafficking and facilitating prostitution, caught out when her victim was found crying at the Abu Dhabi bus station.

Pakistani F M, 38, forged her compatriot’s passport, lured her to the UAE and forced her into prostitution. K A, 20, also received a two-year sentence for prostitution.

Dubai Criminal Court heard that in August last year F M forged the passport, changing K A’s name and age, then brought her to the UAE, telling authorities they were sisters.

She then forced her countrywoman into prostitution. The victim said she was sent to have sex with customers in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.

One customer in Abu Dhabi refused to drive her back to Dubai, leaving her at the station and telling her to take the bus to Dubai.

A man saw her crying and took her to police. She told them she was threatened with violence if she did not give in to her compatriot’s demands.

Police asked her to remain in contact with F M and arrange to meet her, claiming she had a customer who wanted her for a number of days. Police arrested the two.

F M was also fined Dh5,000 and the two will be deported after serving their jail terms.

salamir@thenational.ae