An unemployed man, who allegedly kidnapped seven domestic workers at Dubai International Airport after he posed as representative from the recruitment agency that brought them to the country, has been presented at Dubai’s Court of First Instance.
According to Khaleej Times, public prosecution records show the 29-year-old Egyptian man managed to kidnap the seven Asian women after falsely telling them he was a staff from their office and then seizing their passports. He took them to several rooms in Dubai where he held them captive until he offered them to work for different families.
He faces charges of kidnap, false imprisonment, fraud, theft and forgery after a complaint was filed against him on August 27, 2017.
After falsely claiming to work for a recruitment office, the defendant also managed to embezzle money from more than four men after showing them fabricated employment contracts of the maids.
A 35-year-old Indonesian maid testified that she arrived in the UAE on July 6, 2017, to work as a housemaid for an Emirati family. “We were brought by a recruitment office located in Ajman. There were two other maids with me. We were waiting for the office PRO but the accused came and took our passports and mobile phones. He claimed to us he was from the recruitment agency. From the way he checked our papers, we believed he had verified our identities and then he asked us to accompany him. He took us to a flat in Dubai. He kept us there and told us we can’t go outside. After he locked us inside, an Ethiopian woman came daily to give us food and do the cleaning work. We stayed there for three days and then that Ethiopian woman forgot to lock the door. We ran out and as we hailed a cab we called our office. The cab drove us to the recruitment agency in Ajman.”
At the police station, the helper positively identified the culprit along with other suspects.
Two other Indonesian housemaids, aged 28 and 31, gave similar testimonies to the prosecutors.
The next hearing will be held on January 23.