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Abu Dhabi police officers in court for alleged involvement in prostitution

One of the police officers had allegedly received around $8,600 for trafficking arrested females

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Three Abu Dhabi police officers appeared in an anti-corruption trial after being accused of selling females detained for visa violations to pimps, reported the 7 Days Abu Dhabi newspaper on Sunday.

One of the police officers had allegedly received around $8,600 for trafficking arrested women, while two other cops, a male and a female, were accused of forging paperwork to hide evidence that showed police involvement in the prostitution scheme, added the newspaper.

A total of eight people were charged in the investigation.

“Corruption happens in every country in the world. We want to show we will deal with it in a fair, honest and open way,” a judicial department source was quoted by 7 Days Abu Dhabi as saying, adding that Abu Dhabi police was adamant in showing it was tough on corruption.

Denying involvement

According to the newspaper, one of the suspected officers had allegedly stopped women on the streets and asked them for the papers. Women who had overstayed their allowed period were taken to al-Shahama Police Station, questioned there without filling any paperwork, and then told that there was a way out before selling them to a Bangladeshi pimp, reported the Abu Dhabi-based newspaper.

Three Bangladeshis along with an Indonesian women appeared before the Abu Dhabi Criminal Court on Sunday, after being charged in association with the case.

All four suspects denied their involvement, and the Bangladeshis claimed they were assaulted during investigations by anti-corruption police officers, added the newspaper.