28 March 2011 DUBAI — A woman clerk, who forced another woman into prostitution, was sentenced to five years of imprisonment on Sunday as she was convicted on the charge of human trafficking.
The Court of First Instance found the defendant, a 38-year-old Uzbek, guilty of forcing the victim (a Moldavian national) into flesh trade by coercion, beating and confinement. The court also ordered that the woman defendant be deported after serving her jail term. Cash money seized from her was confiscated by the court.
The victim aged 21, told the prosecutor that she was forced to work as a prostitute for about six days before she could call the police.
She said in her statement during investigation that she was deceived by the defendant and another woman in her home country. She was told that she would work here as a cleaner.
She arrived at the Dubai International Airport on August 27 last year. The defendant picked her up in a cab and took her to her apartment in Bur Dubai.
There she found eight other women, all Moldavians, who she knew were all working as prostitutes under the defendant’s behest.
“When she told me I would work as a prostitute, I was shocked,” the victim told the police. But she had to agree since there was no way out.
The defendant allegedly had two apartments of which one was run as a brothel. The victim was forced to have paid sex with men in that apartment and sometimes at hotels or at their places. The money would always go to the defendant, she added.
At other times, she was allegedly locked up in the other apartment of which the defendant held the key, the victim added.
The victim said that she often complained to the men she met about the defendant. And she called the police after one of them gave her the number.
On September 4 last year, as she was heading to meet a man in the defendant’s apartment, she called the police and informed them about her location.
She was taken to Raffa Police Station where she complained that the defendant had hit her when she refused to work.
An Emirati police lieutenant told the prosecutor that the victim reported about the incident at about 2am that day and that she was crying. She was then referred to the Human Trafficking Section.
According to the police, the defendant changed her residence and kept changing the hotels.
However, she was arrested at an apartment she rented in Ajman after the police acquired a Public Prosecution arrest and search warrant. She was found to be tense at that time.
Three women were found with her. She denied that she had forced the victim into prostitution and said she knew her because they lived in the same apartment. She claimed that the money found with her was what she made after working in a hairdressing salon.