Sex on Sale: How Nigerian Babes Run Dubai’s Prostitution Trade!

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In Nigeria, most people only get to hear of Dubai’s tax free markets, shopping zones and other business opportunities. Street Journal has however found out that apart from being a famous tourist destination, Dubai also boasts of well coordinated prostitution rings.

Our investigations revealed that most hotels now offer “imported girls” as side attractions for their customers. It was found out that to satisfy customers, some hotels go as far as bringing in girls from Africa, Asia, Russia and some other parts of Eastern Europe.

A peep into the organisation and internal workings of the prostitution rings revealed that prostitution cartels bring in girls, most times under the guise of giving them jobs. The girls are offered free accommodation for about three months and in those three months, the girls are made to provide sexual service to hotel guests. Some of the girls who would ordinarily not have cooperated have no choice because those who brought them in would have taken their passports at the point of entry. The hotels too serve as accomplices as they make brisk business via the tactical operation of brothels.

In Dubai, every hotel worth its name has a club and in those clubs, girls get free entry while men have to pay a fee. In clubs that are termed hot, there is always a long queue of men waiting to go in. Funny enough, most of the men waiting to enter the club did not come to enjoy the music or the champagne, wine, whisky or cognac on sale in the bar, rather, they came to pick babes from foreign lands.

Our survey revealed that while on the average, a round of sex offered by African babes costs between 200 and 300 Emirati Dirham, Europeans are known to collect as high as 2000 Dirhams for all night service.

We gathered that the Europeans charge that much because their services are not for the hoi polloi. They can mostly be found in the cosy executive sections of bars. The prices also depend on the customer’s bargaining power.

Though a large of number of commercial sex workers operating in Dubai are from Eritrea, Nigerians seem to have taken control of the trade. While conversing with them or overhearing their conversations, their Nigerian accents are unmistakable. Nigerians who chat with them can easily tell where they come from in the country. The Nigerian babes don’t call what they do prostituting, the code name given to it is “hustling”. A good number of the Nigerian babes hustling in Dubai claimed to be graduates.

They are mostly seen in clusters at night after shops have closed and they are always well positioned so that their faces are not visible, only their voices can be heard.

Incidentally, not all the Nigerian “hustlers” are there for the sole purpose of prostituting, a number of them work in assisting the Arab shop owners in their trading. They are often seen canvassing or bringing customers to their shops. They are the ones normally seen calling customers to come and buy wares from their shops and a first timer or new comer will mistake them for the owner of the shop. They will go as far as telling customers facts about the goods up for sale but on getting to the shops one would find out that the shops belong to Arab businessmen and the Nigerian ladies only get cuts when they bring in customers. But after the close of work, the hustlers among them normally go to work as commercial sex workers.

The authorities do not also seem to be bothered about the booming sex trade, as long as the practitioners have valid visas. Investigations revealed that most of the commercial sex workers have just one month tourist visas and when the visa is almost due, they simply go to Oman to renew the visa. It was also found out from some of those in the trade that commercial sex workers hardly get arrested in Dubai . The police are even hardly seen on the streets and they move around in patrol vans when they come out. Meanwhile, where the sex workers hang out are dark street corners where it takes only customers to spot them. Prostitutes only get arrested by tip off or if their dressing violates the rules of decency, which is unnecessary exposure. The proceeds of the illicit trade is what a lot of them use to buy goods for sale in Nigeria. Street Journal found out that some do not even have enough cash to buy goods hence the need to “hustle” in order to be able to send something home. At times, these hustlers are seen with those packing goods for onward shipment to Nigeria.

We found out that most of the hustlers are patronised by rich Arab men who throng clubs within the hotels from around 9 pm. Like almost all other hotels, in Royalton Hotel, what happens in the bar stays there as the use of cameras, even those on mobile phones is strictly disallowed

– S/Journal

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