15 on trial in UAE for human trafficking

13/1/10; http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=23077

Fourteen men and a woman have been charged in connection with the largest human trafficking and prostitution ring to have been busted in Abu Dhabi, a United Arab Emirates newspaper reported on Monday. The defendants are accused of involvement in a ring which allegedly promised jobs in the oil-rich UAE to 13 women, most of them from Morocco, but then forced them into prostitution, The National reported. “There was the recruiter in Morocco, the kingpins in the UAE who oversaw the logistics, and handlers to control the women,” the English-language newspaper said. “Then there were the women, all lured here in the hopes of a good job only to find themselves enslaved in a seedy underworld of prostitution.” According to court testimony, the women were kept locked in a villa and several flats after their arrival in the Gulf Arab state, then beaten and threatened with death to force them to work as prostitutes, it said. The Abu Dhabi court is to issue a verdict in the case on January 17.
Emirates; Trade, Womens Rights, Workers