Juliet is Filipina girl on a visit visa to Dubai in order to find job. She has two kids back in Philipines and her husband has deserted her. Therefore, she doesn’t have any option, other than leaving back her kids with her parents and search for a better career in gulf. She was promised by one Madam Claire that finding job in Dubai wont be difficult. Juliet had to take loan of $8000 at a monthly interest of 15% from one of the agents in Philipines in order to make her travel arrangements. Madam Claire was referred to Juliet by one of her friends who claimed to have a nice career in Dubai courtesy. This assurance made Juliet decide for opting for Dubai.
Juliet was sent to many companies for interview by Madam Claire’s sources. It was over one & half month and Juliet hasn’t found a job. Her desperation increases as she hasn’t sent money back home for her families survival. Grabbing this opportunity, Madam Claire ask Juliet to shift to another residence on pretext that the landlord has asked to vacate the villa because they will let only to the families. Juliet moves into this new residence , it’s a old villa in Hor Al Anz area, which is surrounded by lots of Pakistani, Indian & other Asian expatriates. Juliet is surprised to see that in this villa there are more girls crunched and there are lots of partitions which have beds. She didn’t understand then, it was in the evening she saw the girls getting dressed up, wearing make up and trying to look as hot as possible. Juliet asked one of the girls “Are you’ll going out or something”, the girl smiled and replied “No”. Juliet asked her again “Then what”, the girl replied “Hey get smart, it’s now business time”. After few minutes Juliet found that there Pakistani, Indian,Syrian, Egyptian and other men coming to the villa chilling out with Madam Claire and selecting one of the girls and taking them to those partitions.
Juliet was scared and she asked Madam Claire “whats this happening and why am i staying at this place”, Madam replied with grin”Oh! don’t be nervous and doubtful it’s a noble work these girls are doing and all the more they are just trying to support their families back home”. Juliet was never forced into entering prostitution for another few days, but the environment where she was living was full of hope, parties, music, sex, alcohol and lots of money from these customers. The girls were all positive there, because they received expensive gifts from the customers and lots of tips.
Apparently Juliet learned that all these girls came to Dubai through the help of Madam and every one of them owed $8000 to $15000. They couldn’t find job and this was the only way they could repay Madam Claire her money back or else the rate of interest just keeps on rising with each passing month.
These girls found a refugee with Madam Claire. No force was applied on these girls, but the circumstances, environment, situation, manipulation, exploitation and lure of money compelled these girls for this last option. Any movement was monitored by Madam henchmen, the girls couldn’t be on their own outside the villa. They were always escorted by these Arab henchmen of Madam. The Arab henchmen would always speak about the dangers of escaping or trying to contact the outside world. These henchmen claimed to be Policemen. The girls found it extremely difficult to do anything else on their own, their only saviour & devil was Madam Claire.
However, the clouds of financial burden started to loom over Juliet’s head, she was getting more depressed & frustrated. Madam Claire & other girls were always compassionate with Juliet and they tried to convince her that this was the only way and trying to revolt would just be a stupid move. The customers are all decent guys., there’s no harassment , its safe and they are protected by the Police. More ever she would be able to get rid of her loan amount and once she clears that, then for each customer Juliet would get $55 and she could do something like 8-10 customers a day, plus not to forget the tips and the gifts. Once a girl wins Madams trust , then she is promoted to the position of a Manager and when more girls arrive , they are put up in new villas and she could manage them and doesn’t have to engage in sex herself. If she wanted to still do business then the entire earnings is hers. The convincing each day just gets heavier and one fine day with w very heavy heart Juliet decided to get into prostitution.
I met Juliet during one my investigation on a Syrian national who had stolen some jewellery from the shop he was working and i was tracking this guy. I found out that this Syrian guy had been a regular at Juliet’s villa and was deeply in love with one girl. He wanted to get married to that girl and Madam Claire had asked $15000 to let her free. The Syrian guy was just a victim of Dubai’s Sex trade, after some days we were able to nab this Syrian guy at one from the local night clubs. When Juliet was divulging the information about this guy, she got too serious and started to speak about herself. When i met Juliet this moment, she was the Manager for 25 girls at this villa. She always regrets getting into this business and says there’s no turning back. I couldn’t guide her much, but my team & myself assured her that we could get all these girls out of this hell. She wasnt excited with the offer, because she said she would never imagine to get her dignity back and where else she could earn this much money per month. It’s almost two and half years she has been living in Dubai, transferring good amount of money to raise her kids back home and she doesn’t have a valid visa or her passport and she fears if she has contracted HIV or AIDS.
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There hundreds and hundreds of girls who have been lured to Dubai to get jobs from various countries and unfortunately they end up as call girls or at the brothels which runs below the curtain of strict laws of Dubai. The expansion of sex trade has reached all parts of Dubai, parallelly expatriate men who are customers of this trade get addicted, spend all their earnings and even start to steal or murder for money. The sex trade has taken a heavy toll on these girls and also the men who get addicted to buying sex.