A human trafficking victim delayed reporting her ordeal because she feared she would be charged with prostitution, a court heard this week.
The woman, from Syria, came to the UAE after a neighbour said her husband could find her work. But when she arrived the husband and another woman confiscated her passport and took her to a brothel.
She was told she had to prostitute herself because she had not paid all of her travel expenses.
She was forced to have sex with clients for seven days.
“Why didn’t you report them immediately to police?” asked Chief Justice Sayed Abdul Baseer, head of the Criminal Court.
Sobbing, the woman said she was scared she would be charged with prostitution. She eventually agreed to tell the police after a friend urged her to do so. She had been in the UAE for just 10 days.
Source: The National