The Dubai International Airport.
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DUBAI – A 29-year-old Egyptian man is on trial for pretending to be a Public Relations Officer (PRO) of a recruitment agency and allegedly kidnapping seven housemaids who have just landed in Dubai.
The court heard that the Egyptian, who is currently unemployed, approached the Asian housemaids at the Dubai International Airport and introduced himself as the PRO of the Ajman-based recruitment agency that facilitated their travel to the UAE.
The housemaids told prosecutors that the man confiscated their passports and mobile phones and took them to an apartment in Dubai where they were locked up and told to wait until he found employers for them.
“He claimed that he was from the recruitment agency. From the way he checked our papers, we believed he had verified our identities,” a 35-year-old Indonesian woman testified, adding that there were two other women with her at the time.
The woman said the incident happened in July last year as she arrived in the UAE to work for an Emirati household.
The woman said that they were instead taken to an apartment in Dubai. “After he locked us inside, an Ethiopian woman came daily to give us food and do the cleaning work. We stayed there for three days and then that Ethiopian woman forgot to lock the door. We ran out and as we hailed a cab we called our office. The cab drove us to the recruitment agency in Ajman,” she said.
The court also heard the testimony of a 28-year-old Emirati man who said he paid the Egyptian Dh12,500 after the latter claimed he will arrange for a housemaid for his family.
“He claimed he worked for a recruitment office and got our number from them. He came to our house in Abu Dhabi and showed us the maid’s passport, her employment contract and some other papers,” the Emirati said.
The court heard that the Egyptian man had embezzled money from more than four men, using fake employment contracts of the housemaids. He faces charges of kidnapping, fraud, theft and forgery.
The next hearing will be held on January 23. DAJ/Expat Media
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