Dubai: A saleswoman, who created a profile on a dating app and promoted sex after she became jobless and needed money to fly back home, has been jailed for seven months.

The 24-year-old Moroccan woman walked into a police station on her own and admitted that she had been staying illegally in Dubai and working as a prostitute before she was detained in March.

The Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the 24-year-old defendant of promoting and working in the sex trade after she created an account on Who’s Here [a smart phone app that is designed for dating and chatting]. She was also convicted of consuming liquor.

When she appeared in court, she admitted that she had worked as a prostitute because she needed the money to return to her country.

She told the presiding judge that her residency had expired and she had been staying in the country illegally.

The woman also told the court that she had to work in the sex trade to make some money and that she had sex with several men whom she charged Dh1,500 to Dh2,000.

According to Thursday’s ruling, the defendant will be deported after serving her punishment.

Records said the woman set up a profile on a social media app through which she promoted prostitution. The defendant used a fake name and posted some images on social media to lure clients.

The primary ruling remains subject to appeal within 15 days.