The Anti-Organised Crime Department of the Dubai police registered six cases of human trafficking, mostly about forcing people into prostitution, in the first quarter of this year.
The police arrested 22 suspects — including 12 Asians, three Arabs and five Africans — and rescued nine women victims, including two Europeans, three Uzbeks and four Asians.
Giving the details, Colonel Abdul Rahim Mohammed Shafee, Director of the department, said the majority of the women victims were brought into the country and forced into prostitution by the suspects.
The suspects cheated them with the promise of getting them jobs in the country.
The others were exploited absconding housemaids.
He said that victims who fell into the trap of the gangs were beaten up and locked up in flats; some of them were raped and threatened so that they would agree to work as prostitutes.
Col Mohammed Shafee said the department registered 20 cases of human trafficking in 2011 and arrested 63 suspects — including 12 Arabs, 40 Asians and 11 Europeans — and rescued 35 women victims — including nine Arabs, 21 Asians and five Europeans.
The officer said the Dubai Police have achieved success and continue to make efforts to combat human trafficking despite the challenges and complications.
The Dubai Police have created an anti-human trafficking section at the Criminal Investigation Department to investigate such cases, as per the instructions of Lt-General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police, to protect human rights.
Last month, the police arrested a gang of four persons who convinced a housemaid to abscond from her sponsors and then forced her into prostitution under threats.
The suspects were domestic servants and illegal residents who exploited the ambition of the maid to get more salary, he said.
He said the Anti-Organised Crime Department also caught an Arab man who made friends with three women in Latin America online. He seduced them, saying he loved them, and when they came to the UAE, he had sex with them and forced them into prostitution.