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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 February 2019

Mother who forced teenage daughter into prostitution is jailed

Syrian gang convicted of human trafficking crimes

A mother who forced her teenage daughter into prostitution as part of a human trafficking plot has been jailed.

The 35-year-old offered the 13-year-old girl's virginity for sale for Dh50,000 while another woman offered sex with her 12-year-old niece for the same price, Sharjah Criminal Court heard.

They were part of an operation led by five Syrian women - aged between 19 and 47 - to exploit the two girls for financial gain.

Their crimes were uncovered when a police officer went undercover and posed as a customer in order to set up a meeting at a hotel room in Sharjah.

Court records stated that the women arrived in separate cars to meet with the officer.

The mother and two of the other defendants arrived with the 13-year-old girl and were paid Dh50,000 in bills marked by police.

Arrest warrants were subsequently issued for the arrest of the five.

The 13-year-old victim said her mother told her to agree to any request from the customer.

“Before she left, she told me to take off my clothes and to do whatever the customer asks for,” the 13-year-old said in court records.

The women were arrested on August 1 of last year.

The 12-year-old victim said the gang offered her cash and jewellery to have sex for money.

During police questioning, the women initially denied any wrong doing but later admitted to prosecutors that they were forcing the minors into prostitution.

They were all convicted of human trafficking and sentenced to one year in prison, to be followed by deportation.

Updated: January 14, 2019 02:14 PM

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