Man accused of luring women into prostitution

DUBAI — An imam of a mosque was on trial on Sunday in the Court of First Instance on the charges of luring women into prostitution and possession of pornographic photographs.

By Mary Nammour

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Published: Tue 26 Oct 2010, 12:24 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:34 PM

According to the prosecution records, the imam aged 35 and from Egypt, used the Net to meet and lure women into prostitution. He was arrested on July 21 after a BlackBerry messenger conversation with an Emirati police officer, undercover, in which the latter posed as a woman. The imam talked about sex with the officer and allegedly booked a room at a hotel in Al Qusais where he was to have sex with the police officer (not knowing his identity).

Another Emirati police officer told the prosecutors that they were informed about the defendant using his BlackBerry messenger to add women into his contact list and luring them, in chat, into having sex with him.

The imam tried to delete the conversations on his phone when arrested. In the investigation, he allegedly admitted that he had a conversation with the undercover police officer following which they met to have sex.

In the defendant’s seized mobile phone, conversations luring into prostitution and indecent photos were found, as well.

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