Mother 'lured teenage twin daughters to Dubai to work in massage centre'

DUBAI // A mother is accused of luring her twin daughters to Dubai on the promise of a good education, only for them to be forced to work in a massage centre. SK, 37, along with four men, OR, 25, MA, 22, FA, 22, and TA, 41, were charged with human trafficking at Dubai Criminal […]

DUBAI // A mother is accused of luring her twin daughters to Dubai on the promise of a good education, only for them to be forced to work in a massage centre.

SK, 37, along with four men, OR, 25, MA, 22, FA, 22, and TA, 41, were charged with human trafficking at Dubai Criminal Court on Monday. Of the group, who are all Pakistanis, OR and MA were present to deny the charge, but the other three are at large.

One of the twins, MAA, 15, said she lived with her six brothers and five sisters with her step-father in Pakistan. Her parents had divorced and each remarried before her mother moved to Dubai to be a manicurist.

When the twins finished 10th grade, their mother brought them to Dubai, supposedly to continue their studies.

“TA got me and my sister visas and we arrived in May 2014 through Sharjah International Airport,” said the girl.

The sisters were then taken to an apartment in Al Raffa and forced to work in an exotic massage centre.

MAA said that one day the sisters both refused to go to work but their mother and TA attacked them with a wooden bar, striking all over their bodies.

“They slapped us and pulled our hair and we were forced to go back to massaging men and pleasuring them,” said MAA.

However, prosecutors said that the girls were not forced to prostitute themselves.

MAA told prosecutors that she found out her mother had married an 18-year-old man and was herself pleasuring men for money.

Later, the twins and their mother returned to Pakistan.

“She assaulted our younger brothers and sisters and said she would hurt them if we did not return to Dubai, which we did,” said MAA.

“When we came, we were locked up after being brought back from work every day.”

The girl added that several customers tried to rape her and her sister.

“My sister was then raped so my mother sent her back to Pakistan. I begged her to send me back too but she refused,” said MAA.

“We would run out of the room, or scratch the one who tries anything.”

She said her ordeal only ended when labour inspectors paid a visit to the massage centre.

Ministry of Labour inspector HK, 31, said: “My colleague and I walked into the centre on June 5 last year posing as customers. We were told we could be massaged by young girls, at which point we flashed our IDs.”

HK added that he heard the defendant MA threaten MAA in Urdu, warning her against saying anything to the inspectors.

MAA told police officers that she tried to escape several times but failed.

Investigations revealed that the male defendants ran the exotic massaging business, while SK worked with them at the centre and forced her daughters to work with her.

The next hearing is on March 30.

salamir@thenational.ae

Source: uae news

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