TWO Bangladeshi nationals who held a woman captive for two months and forced her into the vice trade have been jailed for five years each.
The pimps, aged 29 and 40, lured the Indonesian maid with the promise of a better-paying job and encouraged her to run away from her Bahraini employer.
They locked her up in an apartment in Arad in March last year where they forced her to have sex with up to 13 men a day in return for money.
The victim was rescued after she managed to alert a passer-by, who was walking near the apartment building and saw her shout for help.
He then alerted the police which arranged a sting operation, according to case files.
The Bangladeshi pimps were among four men arrested in connection to the human trafficking gang and were sentenced to five years in prison by the High Criminal Court yesterday.
The other two men, also Bangladeshi nationals, were jailed for three years each for aiding and abetting.
“I ran away from my sponsor after I met a cold store employee, who is (the 29-year-old defendant), and he told me that he could find me a job with a higher salary,” the victim told prosecutors.
“He took me to an apartment in Arad and took away my mobile phone and smashed it.
“He told me to work as a prostitute or he would torture me along with his friends.
“They brought me around 13 men daily for two months and I was forced to have sex with them.
“I could not flee because they were guarding the apartment.
“However, I would open the windows and scream hoping that passers-by would hear me and alert the police.”
According to a police officer who went undercover to bust the racket, the victim was in a deteriorating condition.
“We received information that people heard a woman screaming from an apartment in Arad,” said the 32-year-old Bahraini.
“I went undercover and posed as a customer and the defendants took me to the apartment, where I saw the woman who looked in a very bad state.
“I then called for backup and we arrested the men and rescued the woman.”
All four defendants will be deported after completing their sentences, while the two convicted pimps have also been fined BD3,000 each.