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UAE: Couple Guilty of Forcing Three Women into Prostitution Receives Lenient Sentence

On December 26, 2009

The Gulf News reported earlier this week that the Iraqi couple that forced two women and one girl into prostitution in the UAE, was sentenced to three years in prison each.

As we've previously mentioned, the couple held a 17-year-old girl and two Iraqi women in an apartment in Sharjah and forced them to have sex with clients by threats of beatings. The girl was also forced to work as a stripper. Earlier reports suggested that she was 13.

We consider a three year sentence to be extremely lenient for people who have destroyed the lives of three women. If the UAE wants to change its image of an infamous human trafficking center, it should start by handing serious sentences for such grievous crimes.