Dubai has seen a dramatic shift in its approach to female escorts and sex workers, with women and girls coming forward to tell the story of being prostituted in the emirate.
From the start of the year, the government and the police have been cracking down on the exploitation of the city’s sex workers and the men they sell their bodies to.
Dubai police officers arrest a prostitute in a brothel on November 19, 2017 in Dubai.
The brothel has been shut down after the police raided it on December 10, 2017.
(Photo: Ahmad Al-Rubaye, AFP/Getty Images)Dubai has been the epicentre of an international outcry against the exploitation and abuse of sex workers.
Dubayen Siam and others in Dubai have made the city their home and business, using the services of brothels, massage parlours, escort agencies and brotheling houses.
Many are now demanding to be recognised as human beings and allowed to live their lives freely.
The Dubai Sex Workers Association (DSWA) said in a statement on Friday that more than 3,000 women and children have now been identified as working in brothells in the past five years.
The statement said the DSBW has received more than 1,000 requests for assistance and more than 2,000 have come forward to meet with the police.
It added that the government has launched an investigation and will “seek to prosecute those responsible”.
“These girls are victims of the prostitution industry and they need protection, which we can provide them,” the statement said.
It said there are now about 1,200 female sex workers working in Dubai with a total of nearly 10,000 clients.
The organisation said that many are forced into the industry by the families of men they have been with, and have been abused by their employers.
“We demand that the authorities take a proactive approach to combat this abuse,” the DWS said in the statement.
“The government should take steps to protect these vulnerable women and the girls that work for them from the exploitation they suffer and from the risks they face in the industry.”
In a statement, the DSPA said its members have been called in to work in brothel, massage or escort businesses and that their clients are often not aware of their status.
In the past two months, Dubai’s police have launched two investigations into the brothel and the brothelling houses.
The police said they have detained five people who allegedly ran brothel and massage parls in the city, and are looking for more people.
Dublin has also become the epicenter of a debate about the use of prostitution in the UAE, with an increasing number of countries including Canada and France saying the industry is not a criminal enterprise but a “trade” where people are exploited.
The debate has been fuelled by the rise of online platforms such as UberEats, where people offer tips and other services to help people in Dubai and other Gulf countries make ends meet.
A number of UberEaters have been arrested in the last week, and a Dubai-based company, Oasis, has also been banned from the country.
Dubiz’s mayor, Sheikh Rashid Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said the government had “taken steps to improve the treatment of prostitutes” and urged the private sector to work with the authorities to end the industry.
“Dubai is a city that is known for its hospitality, but in recent years, the problem has been exacerbated due to the rise in the demand for sexual services,” he said.
The government has also launched a campaign to encourage women to tell their stories of being abused.
Dubaidis Ministry of Labour has launched a new website called “Protect Your Rights” to help educate and support those who want to protect their rights.