Sisters Zunera (L) and Shaista, who were trapped in the sex trafficking trade by a neighbour and held hostage in a brothel in Dubai, speak during an interview with AFP in Faisalabad on May 8, 2014 (AFP Photo/Farooq Naeem)Zunera once dreamed of becoming a computer engineer.Instead, aged 16, she was tricked into prostitution in the UAE, beginning a four-year nightmare of cruelty, violence and rape.Dubai's foreign population has expanded rapidly in recent years as expatriates flocked to the Gulf Arab trade and tourism hub for its tax-free earnings and year-round sunshine.The changes have challenged the Emirati population, which is now vastly outnumbered by foreigners.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.
The sentence was reduced on appeal last week to three months and deportation orders against the pair were lifted, it added.
It also highlights a problem that bedevils many states in the region and is a bone of contention with their close ally the United States.
The 26-year-old, who only identified herself as Aysha for fear the traffickers would hurt her family, supports her son and sick mother back home.
DUBAI (Reuters) - Aysha sold her wedding gold to pay traffickers 0 to find her and a cousin jobs in Dubai.
A world away from her village in Uzbekistan, she was forced to work in a disco and expected to offer sex.