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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 19 June 2018

Honey trap gang jailed for beating clients and stealing their money

Dubai court convicts women of luring men for sex then robbing them

Six women who ran a brothel from an upmarket apartment in Dubai's financial district were jailed on Monday for offering men sex, then robbing them of their money.

The Nigerians, aged between 28 and 58, were sentenced to a year in jail each by Dubai Criminal Court.

They praised god loudly in court, suggesting they had feared heavier sentences.

The a judge convicted the six of theft last month and also referred them to the Court of Misdemeanours to face charges that they overstayed their visas. They admitted all of the charges.

The women would target men on social media, offering massages and sexual services for money.

They lured and assaulted at least three men - a Syrian, 27, an Iraqi, 28, and a Saudi, 31 - into their apartment in DIFC in separate occasions.

The Syrian victim said that he met a woman on the Tango video call app and they agreed to meet at her apartment on November 24 last year, for sex, in return for Dh600.

“When I arrived, someone opened the door for me but I couldn’t see who had opened it,” he testified.

The man stepped into the flat to be attacked by six African women. He said there was no sign of the woman he apparently met online.

“I was assaulted and restrained before being ordered to hand over all my money. One woman snatched the mobile phone out of my hand,” he said adding that he was released, Dh1,000 worse off.

The Iraqi man was also invited by a woman on the Tango messaging app and, when they chatted, she told him she was a masseuse.

They agreed on a massage session at her place in Central Park Towers and when the man got there he was attacked by six women, who searched through his pockets and took more than a Dh1,000 and US$200 from him.

The Saudi was also attacked by the women, who took more than Dh2,000 from him, he said.

“I was near a building in Central Park Towers when a number of African women, who smelled like they had been drinking alcohol, passed me in the company of a man,” said the 24-year-old Emirati programmer who reported the incident after he saw one man rushing out with his hand bleeding.

“I asked him what happened and he told me he was assaulted in one of the flats in that building then he left, so I called police.”

Police arrived and questioned the building’s security guard.

“He told us about the women’s flat and said that every man who comes out of that apartment, gets out with an injury after being beaten up,” said a police officer, 28.

The officer added that the women refused to let police in, which prompted them to break the door after obtaining a warrant.