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Bangladeshi teenagers rescued from Dubai club

  • Published at 10:07 pm May 30th, 2019
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File photo: A general view of the luxury Burj al-Arab Hotel at Jumeirah area in Dubai, UAE December 9, 2015 Reuters

The girls forced into prostitution went to Dubai to earn a living

Four underage Bangladeshi girls forced into prostitution were rescued from a Deira nightclub by police, a Dubai court heard on Tuesday.

The victims, aged between 16 and 17, were taken to the Gulf Arab country last year to work as dancers and prostitutes at a nightclub in Al Muraqabbat.

In March this year, police were alerted to a teenager working as a dancer in a hotel nightclub who looked underage, reports Gulf News.

Police raided the nightclub and found 19 women and five procurers, aged 20 to 39.

“All the women were working as dancers and prostitutes,” said a police officer. “Four of them were under the age of 18.

“We raided the place and rescued the victims, who were referred to a women and children’s shelter in Dubai.”

The defendants had brought the victims into the country using passports that showed their ages as much older, added the officer.

One 17-year-old victim said she agreed to come to Dubai to help support her family at home.

She said that a man arranged her passport and paid her money to travel to Dubai, where she was taken to a house with other girls.

“I agreed to work as a dancer because my family is poor and needed money,” the victim said.

“Four days after arriving in the country, they took us to the nightclub and told us that we will work as dancers. They asked me to have illegal affairs with three customers per month,” she said, confirming that the manager of the nightclub was the one running the operation.

The victims were brought into the country at different times last year.

Five defendants were charged with human trafficking. They denied the charges in court. The trial will resume on June 18 to hear the witnesses.