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Mother recounts vice den ordeal in Bahrain

Manama, March 14, 2014

A Russian woman who was allegedly beaten and forced into prostitution had to jump from the first floor of a building used as a vice den in Manama to escape her captors, a report said.

The 22-year-old, originally from Dagestan, told the Public Prosecution she was conned into travelling to Bahrain by a Russian woman who promised her work in a Russian restaurant and offered to take care of her four-year-old son in her hometown, the Gulf Daily News (GDN) report said.

However, upon her arrival she found out that the woman had sold her to an alleged female pimp for $6,000, it said.

She claimed she was locked inside an apartment for seven months along with four other women, assaulted and forced to have sex with strangers for money. She was allegedly told she had to pay $26,000 for her freedom and to see her son again.

An Azerbaijani woman and a 47-year-old Bahraini man, who works as a football coach for a local club, were arrested for human trafficking, running a prostitution ring, assault and holding the victims captive, the report said.

They pleaded not guilty to the charges and were remanded in police custody for 45 days yesterday, pending their trial.

During questioning, the 22-year-old woman said she was injured when she jumped from the window of the building and was taken to hospital by the two suspects.

The suspects allegedly sent her back to Dagestan for causing them "problems", but when she returned home they threatened to harm her son if she did not agree to work as a prostitute in Bahrain once again.

"When I was in Bahrain I met one of the women who was held captive and she showed me her son's picture, whom I recognised," she said in her statement to prosecutors.

"She told me she was the daughter of the woman in Russia who promised me a job in Bahrain and that she was sold by her mother to the same female pimp.

"I had to escape because I knew that I had left my son with a woman who sold her own daughter."

The mother-of-one claimed she escaped her captors three times before managing to get to a police station in Bahrain. "When I escaped the first time they (suspects) took me to hospital and then got sick of me and sent me back to Russia," she told prosecutors.

"But when I got home they locked me up again. I then agreed I would have sex with customers in Bahrain if they let my son go free.

"I called my mother and made sure my son was safe, before I escaped for a second time."

She alleged that after escaping she found another job in Bahrain through her cousin.

"My cousin promised me a job in Bahrain but I found out that he had sold me to the same people (suspects) again and this time I was not going to be held captive," she said.

"I escaped from him at the (Bahrain International) Airport after I called a friend for help.

"However, that friend was not good to me and beat me up and stole my money, before I went to the police and told them about my ordeal." It is understood the suspects will be held in custody until an investigation is complete, the report said. - TradeArabia News Service

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