13:34, June 19, 2006
The man in national dress pictured here works for the Criminal Investigation Department of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). On February 3, 2005, under his supervision, pimps of various nationalities were selling women right in front of the Inter City hotel in Dubai. Among the women were underage girls, including Armenians.
18:50, February 27, 2006
On February 23, Edik Baghdasaryan, chairman of the Investigative Journalists of Armenia, was summoned to the Office of the Prosecutor General to provide explanations to a committee set up to verify published findings by investigative journalists.
14:03, November 07, 2005
Fore some time now our readers in the United Arab Emirates have been unable to read Hetq Online on the Internet. When they try to access the site they receive this message: "We apologize the site you are attempting to visit has been blocked due to its content being inconsistent with the religious, cultural, political and moral values of the United Arab Emirates."
01:31, September 19, 2005
Last week, Anahit Malkhasyan (nicknamed Debr Ano), a Dubai pimp originally from Echmiadzin, was killed in a car accident on the Dubai-Sharja highway. Malkhasyan was driving a rented Honda; there were no passengers in the car.
23:05, September 05, 2005
Susana Sukiasyan (a.k.a. Grpo Suso), a Dubai pimp who had been sought by the Armenian police, was arrested in July, along with ten women who were worked for her. According to our sources in the Dubai police force, Sukiasyan's arrest was unconnected to her involvement in the sex trade.
17:56, July 18, 2005
On July 8, the court completed its review of the case against well-known Dubai pimp Aisha, whose real name is Lusine Hakobyan. (See Also “ Another pimp in Court”). Judge Vazgen Lalayan of the Court of First Instance of Yerevan’s Nork Marash and Kentron Districts sentenced Aisha to a one-year probation. She is now free to get back to business.
17:32, July 04, 2005
On June 20th, in the Court of First Instance of Yerevan’s Nork Marash and Kentron districts, with Judge Vazgen Lalayan presiding, the case of notorious Dubai pimp Lusine Hakobyan (aka Aisha) began.
19:13, June 27, 2005
On May 25 th, The Court of First Instance of the Kotayk Province, Judge Gagik Heboyan presiding, issued a decision that is a classic example of the support pimps receive in the Armenian legal system.
17:58, March 23, 2005
Notorious pimp Amalia Mnatsakanyan has been released after serving only one month of a two-year sentence. "Mother Pimp Nano", as she is known to law enforcement officials, had been wanted by Interpol. Arrested in the United Arab Emirates, she was transferred to Armenian custody in March 2004. In August, Judge Pargev Ohanyan the Kentron and Nork-Marash Districts of Yerevan sentenced Nano to two years in prison term. By September, she was free.
17:21, March 16, 2005
Nights are always mysterious, Arabian nights even more so. The dark engulfs the limitless desert all at once. The yellow tinges of the horizon fade away and vanish, opening the way to the Thousand and One Arabian Nights. Sunlight is unnoticeably replaced by the light of streetlamps. In Dubai, the day has just started...
15:47, March 09, 2005
There have been women from Armenia in the United Arab Emirates ever since the early 1990's, when flights started between Yerevan and Dubai. At first, they would buy cheap goods to sell in Armenia. Then they saw that there was a more lucrative business in Dubai, and they started selling themselves for sex. The more business-minded among them made various contacts and started "exporting" girls from Armenia.
14:54, March 02, 2005
"My sister is 15. I want to bring her here, because I don't have money. She is suffering there, too. She doesn't have a baby. She is more young. If she is here, it will help us," says T. from Tanzania, weeping.
14:31, March 02, 2005
We first met Suzy at the Cyclone nightclub, pretending to be two Americans. The next day, we invited her by phone to the Movenpick Hotel. We negotiated a price, and then told her that we were Armenians, looking for our 18-year old relative.
12:28, February 16, 2005
Hetq has been investigating the problem of trafficking in Armenian women for more than a year now, trying to find out how these women get into the United Arab Emirates, what forces them to take this path and engage in prostitution, who runs this business in Armenia and the UAE and why they are not punished, and what steps law enforcement agencies in Armenia and the United Arab Emirates have taken to stop human trafficking.
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