Two held for 'forcing woman into prostitution"

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Two held for forcing woman into prostitution'

Dubai - The complainant, a 25-year-old Egyptian woman narrated to the judge, with eyes filled with tears, how she was exploitated.

By Amira Agarib

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Published: Mon 16 May 2016, 7:44 PM

Last updated: Mon 16 May 2016, 9:49 PM

Two men stood trial in the Sharjah Criminal Court on Monday for mentally and physically abusing a woman and forcing her into prostitution.
The complainant, a 25-year-old Egyptian woman narrated to the judge, with eyes filled with tears, how she was exploitated.
"I thought my dream had come true when a friend of mine told me she had found a good job for me in Dubai," she said. "But after arriving in the UAE I was subjected to imprisonment, beatings and abuse by people who tried to force me into prostitution."
She said her story began in her homeland when the woman, her friend, provided her with a ticket and a fake contract promising a good salary and attractive incentives. Upon arrival, she was taken to an apartment in Dubai near the airport and later shifted to another apartment in Sharjah.
She said the two Egyptian defendants "took her to a flat in Dubai where she found several men and women drinking alcohol. She was scared and wanted to leave the place but the first accused threatened her and told her she had to work in prostitution. When she refused, he beat her up and took her by force to another apartment in Sharjah.
The victim said she agreed to cooperate since she knew she would not be able to get past them. Later, she managed to call a friend of husband's who advised her to inform the police. She could not get through and asked the defendants if she could visit a beauty parlour. They agreed and she went to the Buheirah police station where she lodged a complaint and led the police to the flat.
During the hearing the two defendants said the woman's accusations were baseless The court postponed the case as per the request of the first defendant's lawyer.
amira@khaleejtimes.com



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