Manager denies exploiting women in UAE

Bassam Za’za’; 16/7/09; (2 Items)

An Iraqi executive manager has denied trafficking three women, whom he allegedly forced into prostitution, and denied a charge of running a prostitution house. “No! I am not guilty. I didn’t run a prostitution den at all. The girls came to Dubai before I came here,” argued 38-year-old R.A. when he defended himself before Presiding Judge Fahmi Mounir. Records quote a 16-year-old Iraqi, who was amongst the three women R.A. is accused of trafficking from Baghdad, testifying: “I entered the country two years ago upon a residence visa and based on the fact that I am the daughter of an Iraqi housewife, E.A.

Wives vent anger at marital workshop in Sharjah
Mohammed N Al Khan; 16/7/09
“I haven’t seen nor heard from my husband in 12 years,” says Umm Ahmad. “I don’t know where he is and I don’t care, I just want to get on with my life.” Umm Ahmad filed for divorce recently. She is part of a group of women who attended a workshop on marital conflict held at Sharjah’s House of Justice complex on Wednesday. The workshop was organised by the Ministry of Social Affairs (MSA) as part of their awareness programme with the Family Guidance and Reform Initiative. Some of the problems members of the group had in common included unemployment, alcoholism and polygamy