Couple Gets Jail for
Human Trafficking

Filed on December 24, 2009

DUBAI - Dubai Criminal Court on Tuesday sentenced a couple involved in human trafficking to three years in jail, followed by deportation.

Dubai Public Prosecution referred the duo to the court on charges of ‘purchasing’ a 17-year-old girl for four million Iraqi dinars, bringing her to the country, and forcing her to prostitution.

A third culprit, the husband’s brother, proved to be involved in the crime was ordered to serve one year in prison, and deportation thereafter. Meanwhile, the court exonerated a housewife who was charged by the prosecution for not alerting the police of the crime.

The victim, according to the prosecution charges sheet, said one of the defendant’s came to her home, and offered her parents a house worth four million dinars for her.

The convicted woman then sent the victim to her sister’s house, and obtained a forged passport for her. She then sent a copy of her passport to her husband who is on residence visa in the UAE. He later had a visit visa issued in her name.

The couple then took her to the house of the third culprit, following which they accompanied her to nightclubs, and forced her to prostitution. The case unfolded when the convicted couple was trying to take the girl to Bahrain from Sharjah International Airport. The criminal investigations officers of the airport were alerted that a girl was accompanying a girl who was not a relative to the accused.

The couple were taken into police custody, and later referred to prosecution, where they admitted to having no relation to the victim. The wife confessed to forcing the girl to work in Dubai as a belly dancer for Dh2,000 to Dh3,000.

The duo then led the police to the third accused, who proved to be on an expired visit visa issued in 2003, in the name of another person. He proved to be conspiring with the two human traffickers for customers and fees. At least 17 cases related to human trafficking were registered in Dubai during the first eight months of the current year, and two cases of child trafficking were reported in 2008.

This was announced by Colonel Dr Mohammed Al Murr, director of Department of Public Administration for Legal and Regulatory Control, Dubai Police, while announcing the establishment of the Human Trafficking Crimes Monitor Centre in February.

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