A street in Dubai. Picture for illustration purposes only.
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DUBAI – Four Pakistanis, including three men and a woman, are on trial after they were arrested in a sting operation for running a brothel in Dubai and for forcing two teenagers into prostitution.
The case was uncovered after police received a tipoff from an informant that a 17-year-old Pakistani teenager was working as a prostitute in an apartment in Al Baraha that was being run as a prostitution den by the Pakistani group.
Police set up a sting operation, with the informant posing as a client. Shortly after he entered the apartment, police raided the residence and arrested three Pakistani men, aged 21, 29 and 32, and a 25-year-old Pakistani client.
The four men were taken into police custody. A 24-year-old female suspect remains at large.
During interrogation, the teen told police that she was convinced by the Pakistani woman to work as a prostitute in Dubai.
“I told my parents that I would be working as a saleswoman so that they allowed me to travel to Dubai,” she said, adding that when she arrived in the UAE, she was taken to the apartment where she worked with the group.
“There was another girl in the flat… we used to get 10 clients per day. We used to charge each client Dh100 for sex,” she said.
The Pakistani trio and woman were charged with sexually exploiting two teenagers, forcing them to work as prostitutes and running a brothel.
The 25-year-old Pakistani man was charged with having consensual sex.
The four suspects pleaded not guilty when they appeared before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Thursday. The trial continues. GAD/Expat Media
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