x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Three jailed for human trafficking

An Indian man and his two Bangladeshi accomplices were jailed for five years yesterday for human trafficking, running a brothel and illegal imprisonment of a woman.

DUBAI // An Indian man and his two Bangladeshi accomplices were jailed for five years yesterday for human trafficking, running a brothel and illegal imprisonment of a woman. Their victim was killed in a fall from the fourth floor of a building, but AK, the Indian defendant, told police she had tripped while trying to escape. Appearing in the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance, AK, 40, was accused of locking the woman up in a flat and forcing her to have intercourse with four men.

He was also charged with unlawfully detaining her inside the flat against her will and with running a brothel in the flat in Al Muraqqabat. He admitted the charges, but MS, 26, and SS, 25, denied aiding and abetting AK in violating the human trafficking law when they had brought the woman to the flat knowing that she would be sexually abused. There were no charges arising from the woman's death. A policeman who interrogated AK told prosecutors the defendant had admitted the woman was brought to work as a prostitute only a day before her death.

He said AK had co-operated with the officers, and the accomplices had been arrested in a "sting" operation. newsdesk@thenational.ae