Trafficking In Women For United Arab Emirates
AH.E. Mr Abdulaziz Nasser R El-Shamsi (UAE’s Ambassador to the UN)
Mohammed Abdul Mannan (Dubai Tourism)
The Minister of Justice: Mohammed Bin Nekhaira Al Dhaheri
The deputy prime minister and the Minister of foreign affairs
H. H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan
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I saw you names on the website
which is a site dedicated to the stopping of human trafficking in Dubai.
Until recently I was unaware Dubai had such a bad name in this type of
8 weeks ago on a previous trip thru Dubai I met a lady called Lidia at the
York International Hotel. I could see even at the beginning she was in
some type of mental anguish. I made a point of looking for her again 2
weeks ago to find out what the full story was. She had been sent here for
another job from Moldova then when arriving in dubai her passport was
taken from her and she was told she is now a prostitute.
During her nearly 2 months here she had been paid nothing, they said they
had extended her visa but had not and then they wanted her to over stay
I was travelling through Dubai on my way back from Sudan and I knew I
would be in Dubai for a week so I convinced her to run and I would go to
the police with her. She came to me with only the clothes on her back and
I took her to see an Officer Khalid in the anti human trafficking
department at CID headquarters (+971505505161). Mr Khalid appeared
sincerely concerned and said nothing to worry about and that on Saturday
the 3rd he would get her passport back etc etc.
On the morning of the 3rd lidia received a call saying that another girl
would deliver her passport to a restaurant nearby the hotel. Suspecting a
trap I told he no but she insisted on going. I went with her as I doubted
even the mafia would want a spectacle in public. The girl known to Lidia
called again saying she was running late and to confirm Lidia was there.
Shortly thereafter two men entered the restaurant and said they were
taking the girl, I naturally told them rather impolitely 'no'! After some
time which included threatening Lidia they identified themselves as police
officers. I called Officer Khalid and told him of the situation and he
told me not to let Lidia go with them. After another period of time of
threats and intimidation a uniformed officer arrived. I again called
Officer Khalid who spoke with the uniformed officer.
At the completion of this call Officer Khalid said he knows these
officers, everything will be ok, he would see her at 1pm and she would be
out at 3pm. So at this point Lidia was taken by uniformed and
non-uniformed UAE police who could only of known of her location by being
informed by the local crime syndicate.
3pm came and went with no news, repeated calls and messages to Officer
Khalid had gone unanswered. At 8am Sunday morning I was messaged by
Officer Khalid for some information at which point I wanted to know what
was going on at which point I was told everything is ok and she is fine
and that I would see her that day. I sent the required information which
was telephone numbers etc from Lidia's phone then again another day goes
by with no further information and no chance to see her.
Today is Monday and repeated calls and messages have gone unanswered. I
know she will be terrified at this point. We were told as she reported to
Officer Khalid there would be no time spent in prison, she would get her
passport and be allowed to leave as she is the victim. Now after 3 days
her parents know nothing and they are in contact with me constantly to see
if I have seen her.
I want to know where Lidia (see attached passport) taken by UAE police is
and what is going on. Normally prisoners are allowed a phone call or
visitations, or is the UAE different? What is she doing being detained by
the police in the first place after the assurances given? At this point it
apears a victim cannot go to the UAE police for assistance?
When asked my current comment is I felt safer in Sudan than I now feel in
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