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Two get 10-year jail terms for forcing minor into prostitution.

Summary: DUBAI -- A hotel worker and a jobless woman were both sentenced to 10-year imprisonment by the Court of First Instance on Wednesday for forcing a 15-year-old girl to work as a prostitute after luring her to come to the emirate with an offer of a maid's job.

DUBAI -- A hotel worker and a jobless woman were both sentenced to 10-year imprisonment by the Court of First Instance on Wednesday for forcing a 15-year-old girl to work as a prostitute after luring her to come to the emirate with an offer of a maid's job.

The court panel presided by Judge Fahmi Mounir Fahmi also ordered that the 36-year-old man and the 25-year-old woman, both Bangladeshis, be deported after serving their jail terms.

The duo has been on trial on the charges of human trafficking and illegal confinement since February.

The man was also accused of raping the minor and the woman of indulging in prostitution.

During trial, the Bangladeshi teen, who works as a nanny, broke into tears while giving her testimony in the court. She spoke about her ordeal ever since she came to work as a maid in the city to support her poor family back home in September last year.

The Presiding Judge then ordered that the hearing be held in private for the sake of the victim.

According to prosecution records, the two accused forced the victim under threat and beating to have sex with men for money.

The minor told the prosecutor that the two defendants seized her passport and visa when she arrived in Dubai on September 28 last year.

They took her to an old house in Hamdan in Naif. There, the woman told her that she would work as a prostitute. As she refused, the woman asked her accomplice to rape the victim. The man raped her, making her lose her virginity. The following day, she was forced to have sex with two Pakistani men.

With her persistent pleas to be released, the woman defendant gave her Dh50 and her mobile phone number and allowed her to go after making her promise that she would not inform the police about them.

The victim took a cab and headed to the Naif police station.

She helped the police track down the defendants' apartment by making the latter believe that she was intercepted by men who wanted to have sex with her. Thinking that the victim wanted to be back, the defendants went to see her in the Hamdan area. There, the duo was arrested by the cops.

When confronted by the police officers, the woman defendant denied that she forced the victim into prostitution. She alleged that the victim was having paid sex voluntarily.

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:Jun 1, 2011
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