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Aya Al Deeb, Staff Reporter
The Supreme Federal Court upheld the appeal against the ruling of the Court of Appeals acquitting two suspects charged with human trafficking and sentenced them to 3 years in jail for running a brothel and exploiting two women, inciting them to commit adultery. The court ordered the deportation of the suspects after serving their sentence.
According to the case papers, the two women confessed to prostitution in return for money on an agreement with the two men, which indicates that they did so upon their will, denying the crime of human trafficking.
The Public Prosecution charged the suspects with running a brothel, facilitating adultery, exploiting the third and fourth suspects, inciting them to practise prostitution and human trafficking.
The First Instance Criminal Court sentenced the first and second suspects to 4 years in jail to be followed by deportation. The court sent the third and fourth suspects to jail for 3 years to be followed by deportation. The third suspect was fined Dhs4,000, and the fourth was fined Dhs20,000. The court ordered the confiscation of seizures, the closure of the brothel and paying the fees.
The convicts appealed and the Court of Appeal commuted the imprisonment of the first and second defendants to 3 years and exonerated them from the charge of human trafficking.
As for the two women, the court reduced the fine of the third to Dhs3,000 charging her with overstaying in the country. The court reduced the fine of the fourth to Dhs10,000 charging her with overstaying in the country. The court upheld the deportation of all the convicts, confiscating seizures and closing the brothel.
The Public Prosecution appealed the Court of Appeal ruling affirming that the case papers proved that the suspects were guilty of abusing the two women in prostitution.
The Supreme Federal Court affirmed the papers of the case, proved that the two women confessed to prostitution for money upon an agreement with the first and second suspects, which means that there was no compulsion or human trafficking.
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