Asian man sells Dubai maid into prostitution for Dh4,000

Marie Nammour
Filed on August 25, 2016 | Last updated on August 25, 2016 at 05.21 pm

Three Bangladeshi men faced a human trafficking charge for allegedly luring two housemaids into absconding from their employers and then forcing them into the flesh trade.

The Court of First Instance was told that a 24-year-old driver and a shepherd, aged 40, lured the maids into running away from their sponsors with promises of better paid jobs.

They helped them abscond by picking them up from the houses where they legally worked as maids.

However, once without jobs, the two maids were exploited and forced to work as prostitutes. The duo sold one of them to a 35-year-old plumber to sexually exploit her. The plumber allegedly raped her.

The case dates back to June last year.

One of the maids, a 33-year-old Indonesian, said she had been working for her sponsor in Ras Al Khaimah when one of the defendants (the driver) encouraged and helped her abscond. He picked her up and took her to a hotel where they had consensual sex before coming to Dubai.

In the house in Dubai, she saw an Indonesian woman, and two Bangladeshis. “A man (the plumber) told me I was sold for Dh 4,000. He told me that I would work in prostitution or I have to return that amount.”

As she did not agree the other man locked the door. “I started working and a man would drop me at another house and they deprived me of my freedom for three months”.

The victim added that the plumber had sex with her against her will.

“In September 2015, I felt severe pain in the waist so they took me hospital and gave me Dh 500 for treatment expenses,” she said.

She slipped away and lodged a complaint with RAK police.

Another Indonesian maid, aged 42, said she had been working for four months with her sponsor in RAK before she absconded with other maids after the main defendant (the driver) and his friend promised them with better jobs.

“They picked us up and took us to a motel. He booked five separate rooms”.

The next day the driver took them to Dubai where she was told she would work in prostitution.

However, two days later she seized the opportunity when the men were asleep to sneak out and report them to the police.

A police sergeant confirmed that in September last year one of the victims was referred to RAK police as a human trafficking victim.

The plumber admitted to a police lieutenant during questioning that he paid Dh 1,500 to buy one of the maids from the driver to make her work for him in prostitution. He also confessed he had sex with her twice.

“We arrested him on March 21. He confessed he locked the maid up in a house in Al Hamriyah,” the officer said.

The motel receptionist, a 35-year-old Indian, said during the investigation that the driver had been their regular client since 2012. “He would always come and each time with different women”.

mary@khaleejtimes.com

Boeing Delivers Advanced Satellite Communications Network to Mexico

Communications system enables voice and data services to all regions of the country

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 25, 2016 – Boeing [NYSE:BA] has delivered one of the world’s most advanced satellite communications systems to Mexico, one that opens high-speed data and voice communications to the entire country including some previously unserved areas.

After successfully completing its final tests, the Mexsat system was today formally accepted by the Ministry of Communications and Transportation.

Mexsat provides 3G+ voice and data services to mobile terminals on land, air and sea, enhancing the country’s national security, civil and humanitarian programs. The system is operated by Telecomunicaciones de Mexico (Telecomm) on behalf of the government.

“Boeing, working closely with the Ministry, has developed a state-of the-art, turnkey satellite system providing critical communications services throughout the country,” said Mark Spiwak, president, Boeing Satellite Systems International. “With more than 30 years’ experience building satellites for Mexico, Mexsat enhances an already strong relationship with an important customer.”

Boeing designed, integrated and delivered the system, which includes two satellites, two network and satellite control stations, associated network operations procedures and prototype user terminals. The final field tests were completed within 10 months following the launch of the Morelos-3 satellite. The tests involved exercising the 3G+ services such as voice calls, push-to-talk, internet video sessions, asset tracking, voice mail and text messaging over secure links to prototype terminals on ships, planes, vehicles, handheld devices and fixed sites.

In 2016 Boeing celebrates 100 years of pioneering aviation accomplishments and launches its second century as an innovative, customer-focused aerospace technology and capabilities provider, community partner and preferred employer. Through its Defense, Space & Security unit, Boeing is a global leader in this marketplace and is the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Defense, Space & Security is a $30 billion business with about 50,000 employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense.

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Air NZ reports record profit, flags headwinds in period ahead amid growing international competition

An Air New Zealand Boeing 777-200ER at Sydney Airport. (Rob Finlayson)

Air New Zealand has flagged tougher times ahead after reporting a record full year profit in 2015/16 as competition both at home and abroad heats up.

The New Zealand carrier said net profit after tax for the 12 months to June 30 2016 came in at NZ$463 million, up 42 per cent from NZ$327 million in the prior corresponding period and the best result in the airline’s 76-year history.

Earnings before taxation and other significant items, which excludes one-off charges and was regarded as the best indication of financial performance, rose 70 per cent to $NZ806 million, Air New Zealand said in a regulatory filing to the New Zealand stock exchange on Friday. It was the fifth straight year of earnings before taxation growth and in line with company guidance issued in February.

That run is forecast to end in 2016/17, with Air New Zealand guiding the market to expect earnings before taxation was forecast to decline by up to 50 per cent to between NZ$400 million to NZ$600 million in the current year, based on current market conditions, a fuel price of US$55 per barrel for the remainder of the year and the “uncertain impact of competition”.

Over the past two years, Air New Zealand has been in expansion mode, with long-haul services toBuenos Aires, Houston and Singapore launched in recent times and flights to Osaka and Ho Chi Minh City taking off in 2016 as the airline sought to take advantage of the strong growth in visitor numbers to New Zealand.

Other carriers are also keen to tap into the the local tourism market – Emirates recently commenced daily Auckland-Dubai flights, adding another option to Europe, the Middle East and Africa, while American and United (in partnership with Air NZ) started new nonstop service from Auckland to their respective US west coast hubs in Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively.

A bit closer to home, there has been a slew of new fifth-freedom operators on the Tasman, with AirAsia X, China Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Emirates and, from September, Singapore Airlines offering an alternative to the Air NZ/Virgin Australia and Qantas/Emirates/Jetstar offerings.

And in its home domestic market, Air NZ is facing a big push from Qantas-owned Jetstar, which has started serving regional routes with a fleet of five 50-seat Dash 8 Q300s.

Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon said the company was facing two “headwinds” in the year ahead, namely the end of some fuel hedging benefits and the increased level of competition in the market.

“There’s no doubt customers have more choice but we are confident that we have the right pricing, products and services to stay a step ahead of the competition as we grow our business at home and overseas,” Luxon said in a statement.

Further, Luxon said in the company’s annual shareholder review the airline had a history of “adapting quickly and responding appropriately to changes in the market”.

“Now is no different,” Luxon said.

“One of the important short-term levers we have available is capacity management, and the flexibility to adjust short-haul and long-haul routes if demand levels are not keeping pace with supply.

“We have begun exiting our remaining Boeing 767 fleet and will continue to focus on achieving greater efficiencies from our simplified fleet structure and across our business, which will partially ease some of the pressure on earnings.”

To that end, the airline’s four remaining Boeing 767-300ERs were expected to be withdrawn during the second half of 2016/17, according to a slide presentation accompanying the financial results. Also, the last three 19-seat Beach 1900Ds would be leaving by the end of August.

In other fleet movements, the Star Alliance member said it would receive three more Boeing 787-9s, bringing to nine the total number in the fleet, in 2016/17, while one Airbus A320 and two ATR 72-600 turboprops would also be arriving.

Air New Zealand said it expected its domestic capacity to grow between seven and nine per cent in 2016/17 as it upgauged some regional routes, added more services between the major cities and introduced night flights to Queenstown. It said there would be a “similar competitive environment to 2016” in its home market.



The use of the larger 787-9 to replace some 767 services would result in a three to five per cent lift in capacity on the airline’s trans-Tasman and Pacific Islands network, with the competitive pressure expected to “persist in 2017”.

Meanwhile, Air New Zealand said it expected the “competitive pressure was expected to increase” on the airline’s international long-haul services, as the airline absorbed the full year impact of new US flights from Auckland and new services to the Middle East and China from foreign carriers. The airline has guided the market to capacity growth of between four and six per cent, compared with 16 per cent in the prior year.

The company booked an NZ$86 million loss on its sale of 19.98 per cent of Virgin Australia shares to China’s Nanshan Group. Air New Zealand kept a 2.5 per cent stake in the Australian carrier.

Air New Zealand declared a fully imputed final dividend of 10 NZ cents per share, as well as a fully imputed special dividend of 25 NZ cents per share from the disposal of its Virgin stake.

 

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