Dubai's Facebook pimps are jailed for three to five years
Four women and a man have been jailed for between three and five years after they used facebook to lure victims to Dubai and then forced them into prostitution.
The defendants, who are all from the Philippines, were found guilty of human trafficking by Dubai Court of First Instance.
Instead they locked them up and threatened to get them blacklisted if they did not have sex with men for money.
Their last victim was a 25-year-old woman who was befriended by one of the female defendants on facebook. The defendant told her she would get her a good job in Dubai.
Three of the defendants welcomed her when she arrived at Dubai airport and then took her to a flat in Muraqabbat, where they told her she would be working as a prostitute.
When the victim refused, the women grabbed her by the hair and said they would hurt her unless she did as she was told.
The woman worked for them for a month before hatching a plan to escape with other victims. They then went to the police.
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