Two women jailed for human trafficking

Two women, including an Uzbek and a Turkmen were both sentenced to three years in prison on Sunday for forcing two other women into prostitution after deceiving them to come here with job offers.

By Marie Nammour

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Published: Mon 11 Jun 2012, 9:38 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 11:37 AM

The Uzbek, a 41-year-old saleswoman, identified as T.B. and the Turkmen, a visitor, 31, identified as M.C., were found guilty of human trafficking and facilitating prostitution. The Court of First Instance ordered that both of them be deported after serving their prison terms. The verdict is subject to appeal within 15 days at the Court of Appeal.

M.C. was also accused of indulging in prostitution. The two are believed to have forced two Kyrgyzstani women, both 28, into prostitution after they arrived at the Sharjah International Airport in July last year. They coerced them into obedience under threats and illegal confinement until they were arrested in September last year.

The two victims gave the prosecution the same statements. They were brought from their country to work here as cleaners for $1000 a month. T.B. paid for their tickets and visas and took their passports upon arrival.

The two women were taken to a flat in Mankhool and told that they should go to night clubs to pick up men to have sex with them for money. They were also made to pose naked for pictures.

They refused at first, but T.B. threatened them saying they would have to pay Dh15,000 as costs incurred in bringing them from their country. T.B. had also confiscated their passports and hence they did not have any other choice than to work for T.B. in prostitution.

They had sex with men at T.B.’s flat and at hotel rooms. M.C. offered the women to men at night clubs and the price usually ranged between Dh200 and Dh600, the two Kyrgyzstan claimed.

They all lived in two flats with other women who were prostitutes with their own consent.

The two Kyrgyzstani women were locked up, but in September last year they escaped from M.C. and complained to the police.

An Emirati police lieutenant told the prosecution that they were informed by the Kyrgyzstan consulate about two women being forced into prostitution.

The two defendants were arrested outside their place.

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