Dubai: Four women have been accused of confining a tourist in a flat where they stripped and filmed him naked then robbed his money after physically assaulting him.
The Uzbek tourist was said to have found a massage card and contacted the advertised number via WhatsApp before he was lured to a flat at Al Rifa’a in June.
Once the tourist knocked the door, he was invited into the flat where he was welcomed by five Nigerian women, according to records, whom he had expected to be the masseuses.
Instantly the Nigerian woman ganged up against the Uzbek and physically assaulted him then stripped him naked and filmed him nude after they had robbed him.
The women, aged between 28 and 33, also threatened the Uzbek man and beat him up then stole his Dh4,500.
Shortly after they released the Uzbek, the women ran away meanwhile he reported the matter to the police.
Primary police investigations led to the arrest of four women and a fifth one remained at large.
Prosecutors accused the women of depriving the Uzbek tourist of his freedom when they lured him for a massage at a flat and then locked him inside, beat and threatened him.
According to the charges sheet, prosecutors said the four suspects also breached the tourist’s modesty when they undressed him and filmed him naked. They were also accused of threatening to kill him if he reported the matter to the police.
The four women pleaded not guilty and refuted the charges when they appeared before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Sunday.
The Uzbek man claimed to prosecutors that the incident happened shortly after he entered the flat for a massage.
“The women took me by surprise and instantly locked the door. They ganged up against me and assaulted me. Then they stripped me naked and filmed me. They threatened to kill me and stole my money. They kept me confined in the flat until they took all money. Once they released me I called the police,” he testified to prosecutors.
A police sergeant claimed to prosecutors that the suspects were apprehended from another flat where they were hiding.
Presiding judge Mohammad Jamal said the court will appoint lawyers to defend the suspects when it reconvenes on November 20.