Court begins hearing in human-trafficking case

DUBAI — The Dubai Criminal Court recently started its hearing in a human-trafficking case in which a 30-year-old jobless Indian, M.S., was charged with forcing a low paid 32-year-old maid into prostitution.

By Mohsen Rashid

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Published: Mon 29 Oct 2007, 8:32 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:56 AM

In her statement, the victim, an Indonesian, said she had come to the UAE on a maid visa. She worked as a domestic help for one year, and then transferred her sponsorship to another employer from whom she absconded. After this, she started working illegally at many places in Dubai.

The accused once noticed her standing near a cinema. He opened a conversation with her and on coming to know that she was looking for a job, he asked for her mobile number. Sometime later, M.S met her at Shindagha-based Carrefour, where he offered her a job as a domestic help at one of his friend’s house. He then asked her to wait in his car. When he came back, a police party raided the car and took them into custody.

A police officer told the Public Prosecution that they had been tipped off that M.S planned to sell the victim for Dh4,500. A trap was set and the accused agreed to sell the maid to the police decoy.

The culprit was caught red-handed while receiving the agreed money. He, however, denied all the charges in the first court hearing session, and claimed the victim had given her consent to the deal.

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