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2-05-2012 - Gulfnews By Bassam Za'za'

Trio accused of forcing visitor into prostitution

Dubai: Three women are accused of luring a visitor to Dubai on the promise of getting her work as a babysitter, but instead forced her into prostitution.

Prosecutors charged the three Uzbek women - 50-year-old J.J., 28-year-old J.D. and 25-year-old D.H. - of sexually exploiting their 23-year-old countrywoman, Y.A., and forcing her to have sex with strangers for money.

Y.A. claimed that she reluctanly agreed to work as a prostitute after J.J. asked her to cough up $20,000 (Dh73,400) to cover the cost of bringing her into the country. The defendants were accused of human trafficking and abusing Y.A.'s desperation for a job.

In addition, J.J. and a 51-year-old Iranian merchant, N.A., were accused of running a brothel at an apartment in Al Muraqqabat where J.D., D.H. and other girls worked as prostitutes.

J.D. and D.H. were also charged with working as prostitutes.

The four defendants appeared before the Dubai Court of First Instance but did not enter their pleas as Presiding Judge Mohammad Jamal Kamel did not read out the charge sheet.

Y.A. testified that her friend in Uzbekistan had told her that J.J. needed a babysitter for her two children in Dubai.

When she arrived in the country, she was told she had to work as a prostitute. She claimed that had been beaten up after she refused. She was forced to sleep with three men on three occasions.

She, however, managed to escape and reported the matter to the police who then raided the flat.

The court reconvenes on May 22.


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