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03 October 2023

Three on trial for forcing maid into prostitution

By Eman Al Baik

Three Bangladeshi men stood trial at the Dubai Court of First Instance on Tuesday for allegedly forcing a maid into prostitution.

The trio - HRA, 34, tailor; ARS, 26, electrician; and SAA, 31, painter -  are accused, along with others who are still at large, of human trafficking and running a brothel in Hor Al Anz area.

The victim, 36-year-old Indonesian, said that she was working for an African family when she happened to meet a Bangladeshi woman, Salma. When she poured out her grievances to her, Salma encouraged her to run away from her employer.

The maid said previously she worked for another family for seven months, but requested the recruitment agency to find her another place because she was overloaded with work there. Thus she was placed with the African family, but she alleged that her employer denied her food.

So she took Salma's advice and ran away after five months of working with the African family. Salma apparently promised her a housemaid job with Dh1,500 monthly salary, of which she would take a Dh300 cut per month.

Salma allegedly lodged her at her home and gave her an abaya, bag, head cover and cosmetics and groomed her well.

One day a driver took her to a traditional Arab house where the two defendants were waiting for her. Under threat of assault, she began to please them. On the first day, she alleged that she had sex with 10 men. When she refused to do any more they returned her to Salma, from where she managed to escape a few days later and filed a police complaint.

She said HRA dropped her at the house where she was required to entertain  men. ARS locked the door of the room where she slept. SAA registered clients and collected money.

Cook accused of supplying drugs to inmates

A cook at the Fujairah Central Prison is standing trial for allegedly facilitating drugs to inmates.

An 'Al Khaleej' report said that the cook was under surveillance after the Fujairah Police of the Central Prison received information that the cook was supplying cannabis to inmates while distributing food to them.

He was later arrested with proof of his act and the hashish confiscated from him forwarded to forensic laboratory.

According to reports, someone from outside handed over a roll of hashish to be given to a prisoner AA.

The case is adjourned to February 14.