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Full Site. Agony of Pakistani women enslaved by Dubai sex trade. Instead, aged 16, the bright-eyed Pakistani girl was tricked into prostitution in the UAE, beginning a four-year nightmare of cruelty, violence and rape. Pakistan has long been an important source of cheap labour for the Gulf state, particularly its booming construction sector.
But campaigners and officials say hundreds of young Pakistani women are also trafficked every year to supply the thriving sex trade in the brothels and nightclubs of Dubai. Zunera and her sister Shaista were two of them.
More than a year after she escaped, Zunera's pain is still etched into her stumbling, hesitant voice — and also into her body, which bears the marks of countless beatings. Vivid, angry scars run the length of her legs from ankle to hip, reminders of a botched operation after she was shot three times by the gang who trafficked her. Zunera and Shaista managed to escape their tormentors in but still live in hiding in a two-room house in a slum, fearing revenge attacks. AFP is withholding their full names and precise whereabouts for their safety. Their ordeal began in her hometown in Punjab province, when the family got into money trouble and a neighbour named Ayesha offered the sisters domestic work.
After a while Ayesha suggested she take the sisters to Dubai to work in her beauty parlour, getting fake papers to help the underage Zunera leave Pakistan. Shaista is so traumatised by her experiences she can barely recount her harrowing ordeal.
Faced with no alternative, the sisters went with Ayesha, thinking they could just avoid having sex with clients. We were raped in front of her and with her assistance," Zunera said. After that, Ayesha told the clients to keep their cell phones connected to her during the intercourse so she could hear what was happening -- and if they were refusing to cooperate. The women were not allowed to go out or even speak to one another freely.
They could speak to their family in Pakistan by phone occasionally, but under duress. From time to time Ayesha brought the women back to Pakistan to renew their visas, frightening them into silence by telling them she would kill their whole families if they revealed the life they had been tricked into. But eventually in March the sisters plucked up the courage to share their ordeal with their elder sister Qamar, who eventually obtained their freedom -- but at a cost. They fired three shots which hit me," Zunera said.
The family fled from the hospital and went into hiding because their neighbours also started abusing them for being "prostitutes". Zunera's family approached a court to try to crack trafficking ring run by Ayesha and her husband Ashfaq. Lawyer Zulfiqar Ali Bhutta, who is fighting Zunera's case, says the trafficking gangs often have influential connections to politicians and the police.
Nobody takes action against them," Bhutta said. They did not arrest him despite the court cancelling his bail," he said. A recent US State Department report on people smuggling said the UAE government was making ificant efforts to tackle sex trafficking, pointing to prosecutions and protection offered to victims.
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