Muscat: Three expatriates, including a woman, have been sentenced to jail for prostitution by the Criminal Court in Sur.
Two men were sentenced to three years and fined 5,000 Omani riyals each for their involvement in human trafficking. The third accused, a woman, was sent to jail for six months for wilfully engaging in prostitution.
Both the men were given an additional six-month jail term and 50 riyals fine for the crime of managing a brothel. The two will have to pay another fine of 400 riyals for working illegally in Oman.
The police were tipped off that an expatriate had kept a housemaid at an apartment with the purpose of running a brothel. The maid, according to prosecution argument, was coaxed into prostitution by another accused.
The housemaid, court records indicated, was lured into prostitution with the temptation of earning more money. She ran away from her employer and started staying with one of the accused men, who, investigations revealed, paid 100 riyals to the other accused for bringing the housemaid into prostitution.
According to the confessions of the two men, one of the accused used to arrange clients for having sex with the maid in return for money.
Both the accused were also charged for committing adultery with the accused woman.
Meanwhile, the Criminal Court in Ibri sentenced two men to seven-year jail and fined them of 4,859 Omani riyals each for setting their company's vehicle on fire last February.
The suspects confessed to the charges, admitting that one of them poured petrol on the vehicle, which was parked outside their accommodation, while the other threw a flame on the combustible liquid.