Two charged with running brothel, human trafficking

A victim was allegedly held in a flat against her will under threats and intimidation to force her into the prostitution business.

By Marie Nammour/senior Reporter

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Published: Wed 22 Oct 2014, 12:34 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 8:50 PM

A 22-year-old Moroccan woman has been charged in the Court of First Instance with human trafficking for allegedly luring a compatriot to travel to Dubai and forcing her into prostitution.

The woman, identified as A.F., is also facing, with other accomplices at large, the charge of holding the victim against her will in a flat and depriving her of her freedom under threats and intimidation to force her into the prostitution business.

Another woman, a 28-year-old Syrian, identified as R.M., is also accused of running a brothel and exploiting other women in prostitution.

The alleged Moroccan victim said she arrived to Dubai on a contract she had signed in her country according to which she was to work in a hairdressing salon.

“When I reached the airport I took a cab and gave my mobile phone to the driver so A.F. could give him directions to her flat in Al Nahda in Al Qusais.”

The woman said she saw about seven Moroccan women living in A.F.’s flat. “A.F. seized my passport and told me I would work in prostitution, but I objected.”

The woman was then held up against her will inside the flat and denied going out.

“The next day, A.F. took me with other women to a hotel where she offered each of us for sex for six hours for Dh1,500. But I did not have sex because no one picked me.”

About one week later, A.F. took her to a hotel room and gave her passport so she could be allowed inside.

“She gave me to a Saudi man and he paid her Dh1,500. I cried and told him my story and he drove me shortly later to the airport and bought me a travel ticket. But I could not travel because of my ongoing employment contract,” the complainant claimed in the investigation.

She reported the incident to the police at the airport. She later identified A.F. among other suspects as the woman who received her in her flat, seized her passport and forced her into prostitution.

A police officer said the human trafficking case file was referred from Fujairah in March. A.F. denied having anything to do with the complainant.

The other accused, R.M., was arrested in her flat in Al Muraqqabat in a police raid after the police learnt she had been in contact with the victim. Three women, including two Moroccans and a Syrian, were arrested with her. She denied the human trafficking charge and admitted running her place as a brothel. She also admitted that she was exploiting the other women in prostitution. She confessed she was paid Dh700 for every woman every night.

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