Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 20 May 2019

Human trafficking gang who held maid captive lose jail appeal bid

Men forced Indonesian mother into prostitution after luring her to Dubai with fake job offer

A human trafficking gang who held a housemaid captive before forcing her into prostitution have lost an appeal against their jail terms.

The Bangladeshi men, aged 25, 28, 31 and 36, were each hand five-year prison sentences after being convicted of a string of charges, including facilitating prostitution, running a brothel and human trafficking.

The 36-year-old man was also found guilty of sexual assault.

Dubai Criminal Court heard that the Indonesian victim had grown unhappy with her job as a domestic helper in Abu Dhabi and was lured to Dubai by the offer of part-time work.

One of the men picked up the woman, 41, and took her to a flat in Al Muraqqabat, Dubai, in January of last year, only to keep her prisoner in the property for two days before making her work as a prostitute for two weeks.

It was only when the partners in crime offered her sale that police became aware of the crime.

Officers went undercover as 'buyers', setting up a meet with the gang by offering Dh5,500 for the stricken woman.

The four men were arrested, with the mother-of-three referred to Dubai Foundation for Women and Children for support.

The suspects admitted during questioning that they worked with another woman - whose nationality and age were not disclosed in records - to lure women into prostitution.

The court ordered the apartment be shut down confiscated the men’s car. They will be deported after serving their terms and must pay a total fine of Dh100,000.

Updated: January 24, 2019 10:18 AM