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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 10 December 2018

Man who forced woman into prostitution to see out jail term

The man was convicted of human trafficking by Dubai Criminal Court and had his 5-year sentence upheld by the Court of Appeal

A worker who persuaded a maid to abscond from her employer then forced her into prostitution will see out his five-year jail term.

The 28-year-old Bangladeshi was convicted of human trafficking by Dubai Criminal Court and Dubai Court of Appeal and will be deported after serving his sentence.

Prosecutors said two men made contact with the 21-year-old Bangladeshi maid last year after she had been working for her sponsor in the country for for two years.

Records show that one of the defendants, asked about her salary then told her that other women work per hour and make much more money which persuaded her to flee the home where she worked.

“I was taken to an apartment in International City, where I met two countrywomen who told me that I would be working in prostitution, like them,” said the maid in records.

She said she refused to prostitute herself for about 10 days but was then beaten into working.

She worked for nearly three months before being arrested in a car with a man.

A police lieutenant said they received a tip-off about one of the defendants offering the woman for sale in return for Dh2,800.

“The 28-year-old defendant was kept under observation and was arrested in a sting operation on November 24 last year after an undercover policeman posed as the buyer. The victim was not aware she was being sold; she thought she was with a customer,” said the policeman.

After the arrest, police raided the brothel where five other women were found with birth control pills and other items used in prostitution. The second defendant, 22, also Bangladeshi, was also arrested there.

The accused denied forcing their countrywoman into prostitution and told the court she worked willingly. One was convicted while the other was found not guilty.

Court records did not reveal why the second defendant was acquitted.