Posted on 12.11.2018 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
A Lankan housemaid in Bahrain has claimed that she was tortured and forced into prostitution for almost two years, the Gulf Daily News reported on 10th December.
The 36 year old victim have complained that she had to eat bread and was forced to sleep with up to 20 men every day. Lankan woman is reportedly revealed that she first moved to Bahrain to work as a housemaid for a Bahraini family, but ran away just one month into the job. Then she spent 5 months working for an Indian family, but was left jobless when that family moved away.
Then she kept searching for work in Riffa and whenever she meets a Sri Lankan sh used to ask if they knew of any job vacancy. One day a man has said he had a job for the maid and took her to a 43-year-old Lankan woman at an apartment. That place happened to be a brothel where the victim had to face the ordeal.
An Indonesian woman, who has been charged with prostitution, and her two accomplices were arrested during a police raid on September 5. The victim told investigators that she had been tricked by the defendants, who allegedly promised to help her find employment and provided shelter at an apartment.
“The 43-year-old called some Asian men and demanded I have sex with them. When I refused she took my money, Bahrain Dinar (1 BD=Rs 476.88) 100, my phone, a gold necklace and three gold rings and threatened to beat me if I didn’t comply. When the men came in I was forced to sleep with them out of fear of my captors. When I refused the 43-year-old would beat me up, punch me and pull my hair. She would also use pepper, water and salt and burn my private parts to torture me. I did their bidding for two years because I was afraid and, if I refused, they would assault me,” the victim said in her statement to prosecutors. The woman said clients paid anywhere between BD7 and BD30 to have sex with her, but the cash was pocketed by her alleged captors.
However, she said she seized her chance to escape in July when another woman, from Indonesia, entered the apartment where she was being held.
“She (the Indonesian woman) gave me the key to an apartment and told me to head there because a customer was waiting,” the victim said. “She told me she would follow in 15 minutes, but I grabbed the key and ran away to the police station. “I could never run away before because the defendants were always nearby.” She says.
The trial has been adjourned until December 23 for a lawyer to be appointed for the Bangladeshi, while an arrest warrant has been issued for his female Sri Lankan co-defendant.
(Source – Daily Mirror)