Woman ‘forced into prostitution’ spotted soon after touting for business, Dubai court hears

A Pakistani woman who told police she had been forced into prostitution was spotted soon after touting for business in a Dubai hotel, a court heard.

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DUBAI // A Pakistani woman who told police she had been forced into prostitution was spotted soon after touting for business in a Dubai hotel, a court heard.

The woman, 23, appeared at Dubai Criminal Court on Thursday charged with prostitution.

The court heard that she reported to police that she had been forced to work in the sex industry by a Pakistani man.

“She claimed she was forced to sell her body and consume alcohol against her will at his apartment in the Al Qusais area,” said a 24-year-old Emirati policeman.

The 25-year-old salesman was charged with using his apartment as a brothel.

Believing that the woman may have been a victim of human traffickers, she was let go, but police continued to investigate her.

Police then discovered that she had been working in the sex industry willingly and was working at a nightclub in hotel in Al Rafaa.

She and a customer were arrested outside the hotel. Prosecutors said the man confessed to having sex with the woman in return for money.

In court on Thursday, the woman denied a charge of prostitution.

The salesman denied the charge of running a brothel and of having sex outside of wedlock with the woman. “The house is not mine and I have nothing to do with the case,” he said.

The alleged customer was not in court to answer charges of having consensual sex with the woman,

The case was adjourned until August 25.

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