Dubai’s biggest sex workers’ union is taking steps to crack down on the industry, which has become a lucrative source of income for the emirate’s wealthy elite.
Dubai’s Independent Escorts Association said on Wednesday that it has drafted a “code of conduct” for its members and is working with the Dubai police and health authorities to establish a new code of conduct for sex workers.
The code, the first of its kind in the UAE, will aim to prevent people from engaging in prostitution and ensure that sex workers do not exploit the public for their own financial gain.
It was drafted following a number of incidents in recent months, including the kidnapping of a sex worker in Dubai last November and a police raid in February that claimed the life of a man suspected of being involved in prostitution.
A spokesperson for the association, who asked not to be named, said it will implement a “zero tolerance policy” for prostitution in the city, which is home to the largest number of sex workers in the world.
“We have to do this.
We cannot tolerate it,” the spokesperson said.”
The only way we can stop this is by enforcing the code of our members.”
The Dubai police are currently investigating the kidnapping and death of a 27-year-old sex worker who was kidnapped and found dead in her home in February, while a Dubai police officer was detained and charged with the kidnapping in March.
Police are also investigating a possible link between a Dubai hotel and a hotel in Bahrain.
“If you are in Dubai and you are involved in sex work, you have to follow our code of ethics and act responsibly,” the statement said.
“If you commit any offence, you should face the consequences.”
The association has launched a website, where it has created a list of “safe and discreet” sites in Dubai for women, and it has set up a hotline for women seeking help.
The statement also announced a series of initiatives to improve the lives of sex work workers, including:The association said that it will work with Dubai police to develop the code and to help them enforce it.
The spokesperson added that the association would be setting up an advisory council to look after sex workers and to monitor the safety of its members.
“It will provide us with guidance, advice and resources, and the council will help us to establish safe and discreet sites,” he said.
The Dubai Escort Agency has also launched a hotline, and said it is working closely with police and social workers to ensure that clients are not exploited by those in the industry.
“Any situation where you meet someone who is in the sex industry and want to work with them, you need to ask them a few questions before you start,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
“In Dubai, you are not allowed to use your phone, unless you are an escort.
It’s not legal.”
The UAE government has come under fire for failing to tackle the growing industry, with the number of registered sex workers jumping from 6,000 to 10,000 in 2016, according to the Global Centre for the Study of Organised Crime.