Pros­ti­tu­tion case for teen

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A teenage pros­ti­tute claims she was made to sleep with men by an aunt who promised to help pay for life-sav­ing surgery for the girl’s fa­ther.

The 15-year-old Pak­istani told Dubai Court of First In­stance she came to Dubai to work but had no idea it would be as a pros­ti­tute.

The girl, named Samira, said: “My mother died a long time ago and in 2015 my fa­ther had a stroke and doc­tors said that he needs surgery cost­ing Dhs80,000. We are poor peo­ple and can’t af­ford such an amount of money.”

Her aunt works in Dubai and the girl claims she asked her to come to work. Samira and her fa­ther ar­rived in Dubai in Jan­uary 2016 and the aunt took them to a ho­tel, where she told them that Samira would work in pros­ti­tu­tion.

“My fa­ther re­fused and we stayed for a few days but my aunt man­aged to get him de­ported, I don’t know how,” Samira said. “I stayed alone with her and started work­ing in pros­ti­tu­tion.

“My aunt and two other men used to take me to dif­fer­ent By Ali Al Shouk ho­tels to meet cus­tomers.”

She said they forced her to work even when she was sick.

Prosecutors said that, on July 1, Dubai Po­lice got a tip-off about the girl and sent in an un­der­cover po­lice­man pos­ing as cus­tomer.

One of the sus­pects, a 36- year-old In­dian man, ar­rived at a ho­tel with the girl and was ar­rested. The aunt and the other sus­pect are still at large.

The ar­rested man de­nies hu­man traf­fick­ing. The trial has been ad­journed.

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