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Vice ring 25 lose appeal.

TWENTY-FIVE people jailed for being part of a prostitution racket have lost their appeals against their conviction.

The defendants - 10 Russian women, five Thai women, five Chinese women and five Indian men - were found guilty of being part of the vice trade.

The men were jailed for five years each and the women were sentenced to two years each behind bars by the High Criminal Court in February.

However, a Thai female pimp nicknamed 'Blowy Baby' was jailed for five years.

Two Bahrainis were earlier acquitted of running the racket.

The convicts then lodged an appeal against their conviction at the Supreme Criminal Appeals Court which rejected it.

"The defendants were part of a prostitution racket and were jailed following evidence presented against them," read the appeal court ruling.

"They used a furnished apartment in Juffair to carry out their illegal acts.

"The male defendants would bring sex seekers to the rooms of the female defendants where they had sex in return for money.

"One of the female defendants (the Thai female pimp) would then take the money and allow the men to have sex with the women.

"Also, one of the Indian men would record the names of men and how much they paid for sex before collecting the money and handing it to the female pimp nicknamed 'Blowy Baby'.

"If the customers demanded a massage, the defendants would take a cut of the money."

The ruling said the female pimp would meet the female co-defendants at the airport and take them to the apartment to have sex with men.

The illicit group members were arrested red-handed following information provided by confidential informants.

All the defendants will be deported after completing their sentences.

The furnished apartment building in Juffair from where the vice trade was run was closed down by a court order.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Jul 27, 2019
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