RAK police arrest parents accused of selling kids for sex
A mother and father have been arrested for allegedly forcing their three daughters and other relatives - one of whom who was just 12 - into prostitution.
Ras Al Khaimah Police said on Saturday that the 44-year-old man and his 45-year-old wife made their daughters and three other women, including a 12-year-old niece, dance at private parties and have sex with various men who paid money to the couple.
The alleged victims told police that the suspects would beat them up and threatened to harm and deport them if they refused to please the men or have sex with them.
The couple’s three daughters are aged 17, 20 and 27. The couple are also accused of forcing their 23-year-old daughter-in-law and a housemaid into prostitution.
Brigadier Abdullah Khamis Al Hadid, director of operations at Ras Al Khaimah Police, said officers from the anti-human trafficking department set a trap to arrest the Arab couple after CID officers received information about their alleged illegal activities. Police said the family was based in a different emirate but would send the victims to private parties in RAK.
The officer said male undercover agents contacted the couple saying that they wanted to hire the women. The suspects agreed to meet the undercover agents and they were arrested. Despite claims from the parents that they girls were their children the officer said DNA test results show that only the 17-year-old girl is the biological daughter of the suspects.
Police said the couple forged documents for the other two women to make it look like they were their parents to keep them under their sponsorship. Investigations revealed that the couple’s 25-year-old son helped them to carry out the illegal activities.
It is thought the racket had been going on for years. The couple have been referred to public prosecution on charges of human trafficking and abusing young girls.