Couple Jailed for Running Prostitution Ring

DUBAI - The Court of First Instance on Thursday sentenced a man and his wife to one year in prison each for forging government seals and luring women to work as prostitutes.

By Mary Nammour

Published: Sat 30 Jan 2010, 1:43 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 2:40 PM

The 46-year-old Iraqi unemployed man and his 36-year-old wife, also Iraqi, will both be deported after serving their jail terms.

In the same case, four other Iraqi women were each given three-month imprisonment to be followed by deportation for indulging in prostitution.

The couple had pleaded not guilty to forging exit seals of Rashid Port, the entry and exit seals of Dubai International Airport and the seal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office of Sharjah.

The man also denied having used the forged seals to stamp the marriage contracts he submitted later to the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) to secure the entry of women, on trial, and made them work in prostitution.

When Presiding Judge Hamad Abdel Latif Abdel Jawad confronted the Iraqi defendant with the charges, he said, “No, Your Honour, I did not forge the seals. I don’t know the women on trial either.”

His 36-year-old compatriot wife is accused of helping him commit the forgery. The duo was accused of running a prostitution ring by bringing Iraqi women from their country with forged marriage contracts. As per the court papers, another woman, also from Iraq, helped her bring the women into the UAE.

An immigration lieutenant earlier told prosecutors that they were tipped off on May 18, 2008 about a man and a woman (the defendants) who were forging marriage documents of Iraqi women. “We knew that they were using the documents to get entry permits and residency for these women in the UAE,” the lieutenant said.

Based on the tipoff, police officers of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, together with Sharjah Police, raided the duo’s apartment in Sharjah.

“We found a number of forged seals, forged marriage contracts and other documents. There were computers used in the forgery. A big sum of money and jewellery were also found,” the lieutenant said.

The duo admitted to preparing some of the contracts in the UAE and the others in Syria. “They said the contracts were meant to bring Iraqi women into the country to work as prostitutes” he added.

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