x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Facebook prostitute gets six months

A man who used Facebook to sell sex to other men has been sentenced to six months in prison.

DUBAI // A cross-dressing waiter who set up a Facebook account to lure other men into having sex with him for Dh1,000 a night was sentenced to six months in prison this morning.

MJ, 30, of the Philippines, enlarged his breasts after taking injections, then took pictures of himself bare-chested and naked in seductive positions, prosecutors said. He then posted the pictures on his Facebook account. He also promoted his sexual services at nightclubs. His mobile phone contained various pictures of himself naked and in suggestive positions, according to prosecutors.

When he appeared before the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance last week, he admitted to charges of prostitution, coercion to commit sin, promoting of sin through the internet and cross-dressing.

Police were tipped off about MJ's Facebook account on January 7. When they checked it, they found he was promoting his services for sex with men in return for Dh1,000 per night, FD, a police officer, told prosecutors.

FD said it was difficult to distinguish MJ from a woman.

An undercover police officer contacted MJ and agreed to meet with him at the Gold City Hotel lobby in the Naif area. MJ was wearing women's clothing and carrying a purse when he met with the officer. He took Dh1,000 from the officer with the intention of having sex.

Police arrested MJ in the lift.

He will be deported after serving his prison term.

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