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Exclusive: An Indian Daughter Sold to Sheikh for 2.5 Lakh in Dubai Evacuates

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Heena was threatened that her hands and feets would be chopped off and be thrown away to an untraceable location if she tried to run away from the place

– by Naina Mishra

Chandigarh, May 10, 2017: Every young girl in India fancies of traveling overseas in the wake of fulfilling her hopes. It takes only a passage of deceived time for the travel agents to thwart someone’s coveted dream into the worst nightmare. Human Trafficking is the common sight in India. It is the third largest crime after drugs and arms trade across the globe.

The majority of the trafficking victims are those from the most disadvantaged social strata. And as we take women and girls into the account, the victims are especially the ones from excluded group thus making them vulnerable to the traffickers.If you are born into a poor family, you have a fair chance of being sold and if you are a girl which is born into a poor family then the risk of getting sold increases a thousand folds.

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Every now and then, young naive girls from India are streamed overseas to solicit the Arab clientele. On the similar grounds, such is a story of the brave Heena, 20 from Jalandhar, Punjab who was sold to Sheikh for 2.5 Lakhs. Just like an ordinary lower class girl, she dreamt of a well-appointed life for herself and her family.

Heena broke the silence in front of the public on May 09 in a press conference arranged by the Helping Hapless, an NGO which seeks to evacuate the victims of Human Trafficking from the Arab countries.

Heena is the sole daughter of her parents and was sent to Dubai through a Travel Agent from Jalandhar who took 2.5 lakh from the girl’s parents. She was promised the job of a Dental Assistant in Dubai. However, on reaching Dubai she was shockingly introduced to the hard-hitting truth of trafficking. Heena was kept locked in a room for days by the harbourers and was later sent to the home of Mohammed Abdullah as a domestic helper. She was mauled several times whenever she requested for a break. Heena has bruises all over the skin of the torment she had to face during her stay to the spiteful place.

“I was given the leftover food to eat. They made me work for twenty hours a day and there were times when I used to ask them to give me rest and was beaten straightaway. I was burnt with the electric press every time I asked them for any favor. They told me to pay 2.5 lakhs If I want to be released.” said Heena.

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Heena was threatened that her hands and feets would be chopped off and be thrown away to an untraceable location if she tried to run away from the place. Wretched with circumstances, Heena withdrew all her hopes to see her family ever again in life. One day Heena got her hands on WhatsApp and she then tried to contact her father. She sent all the pictures of her bruises as a proof to let her father know of the miserable condition she has succumbed to at the cost of earning more. Heena’s father then approached to Ms Amanjot Roomawalia, President of NGO Helping Hapless to solicit for help.

Ms. Roomawalia on March 27 wrote to the Indian High Commissioner, Mr Navdeep Suri to help her bring India’s daughter back to her country. Finally, on 28th April, Dubai Police brought Heena back from the clutch of her employer Mohammed Abdullah.

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“There are nearly about 4-5 cases of Human Trafficking being reported every month. And it takes 2-6 months to evacuate the victims.” told the President of NGO to Newsgram.

The situation of Human Trafficking in India is startling and frightful. Thousands of Indians both Men and Women are sold in Arab Countries and are made to live a life of slavery.

Parents think that sending their kids to middle east means a better life in terms of high salary and employment opportunities. However, such is not the case and many fall prey to the traps of false well-acquainted life.

What should be expected from the government is to build tight grounds against the traffickers. A mere justice to the victims take years which is again a question on the hollow system of law and order of the country.

– Reported by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter: Nainamishr94

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Dubai Trip – What to See & Do in Dubai for the First Time

Dubai has some of the best modern city skylines in the world

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Witness what futuristic world really looks like. Pixabay

Dubai is extraordinary. A city that makes impossible happen. This desert city of UAE broke all shackles of being just a desert village and soar to fame with its impeccable niche of modernity and sophisticated innovation. This is where you get to experience a ‘larger than life’ travel experience and witness impossible visions turned into reality. If you are confused about what to see and what to do in Dubai on your first Dubai visit, take a look at these pointers that can help you in crafting an impressive Dubai vacation. Trip.

Reasons to visit Dubai

  • Witness what futuristic world really looks like. Dubai has some of the best modern city skylines in the world.
  • Dubai is the city where most attractions are described as the best, biggest, tallest in the world. Check out all the record-breaking Dubai attractions,  some of them which are impossible to be created in Dubai’s climate. 
  • Dubai is a land of extremes. You can enjoy the deserts as well as the beach shores as it has an expansive desert landscape and also an impressively vast stretch of coastline.
  • Dubai is a fusion of contrasts. While Dubai entices you with soaring modern architectural buildings, there is another side of Dubai that is steeped deeply in its cultural heritage. 
  • It is apt for all genres of travellers. Families, couples, kids and adventurers would love their time spent here. 

What to See in Dubai

  • Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountains
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This tallest tower in the world accompanied by the dazzling dancing Dubai Fountain makes one of the most popular attractions.

Most famous and iconic landmark of Dubai is the Burj Khalifa. This tallest tower in the world accompanied by the dazzling dancing Dubai Fountain makes one of the most popular attractions to visit in Dubai. Getting a picture with Burj Khalifa in the background, watching the panoramic view of Dubai city from the top of Burj Khalifa and watching Dubai Fountain illuminated and swaying in sync with music are some of the sights you should definitely not miss on your Dubai trip.

Location
1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timing
Daily from 8:30 am till 11.00 pm

How to Reach
The best way to reach is by car or metro. It takes approximately 30 minutes to reach from Dubai International airport.

Ticket Price
At the Top, Burj Khalifa – Approx AED 149 per person.

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Best for:
Families, Couples, Groups

  • Dubai Frame
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This 150-metre gigantic frame lets its visitors get an insight into old and futuristic Dubai.

Another brand new addition to Dubai’s extraordinary landmarks is the Dubai Frame. This 150-metre gigantic frame lets its visitors get an insight into old and futuristic Dubai. Molding modern and Islamic designs in its architecture, the attraction takes you on a scenic journey of Dubai’s past, present, and future.

Location
Al Kifaf, Zabeel Park Jogging Track, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timing
Daily from 9:00 am till 9:00 pm.

Duration
Visitors usually spend up to 2 hours at this attraction.

How to Reach

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An absolute contrast of what modern Dubai is, Al Bashtakiya Quarters is made up of old earthy-toned townships which were created.


If you wish to know how Dubai was before it turned into a global cosmopolitan, head to the Al Bastakiya Quarters in Old Dubai. An absolute contrast of what modern Dubai is, Al Bashtakiya Quarters is made up of old earthy-toned townships which were created by pearl merchants’ way back before Dubai’s foray to urbanism. A stroll through these alleys and pathways will let you cherish the olden charms of Dubai’s humble origins. 

Location
Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timing
Open daily, 24 hours.

Duration
Visitors spend 4 to 5 hours on a trip.

How to Reach
From Dubai International airport: 30 minutes
From Downtown Dubai: 1 hour
From Dubai Marina: 1 hour 15 minutes.

Ticket Price
Admission is Free of Cost

Best for: 
City Tours for Family and Friends.

    • Dubai Souks
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It, in turn, lets you witness the traditional ways of trading conducted in Dubai long before it was swamped.


A bustling traditional arena filled with bazaars of silk, textiles, spices, gold, and perfumes Dubai Souks is another part of Dubai that takes you away from the chic flair of the city. It, in turn, lets you witness the traditional ways of trading conducted in Dubai long before it was swamped by huge shopping malls. The Dubai Souks are also a great place to mingle with locals and enjoy the Arabian and Indian food scene in Dubai.

Location
Near Dubai Creek, Bur Dubai and Deira , Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Timing
Open every day of the year

Duration
Visitors spend 3 hours a day during a visit

How to Reach
From Dubai International Airport: Approx 30 minutes
From Downtown Dubai: Approx 1 hour.

Best for:
Shopping tours, Food tours, Families, Couples, and Groups

 

  • Dubai Marina
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A manmade canal winding through a waterfront precinct flanked with trendy modern buildings, Dubai Marina is a great spot to enjoy scenic city views.


One of the most elegant and picturesque docks of Dubai, the Dubai Marina is a recent addition to Dubai’s breathtaking attractions. A manmade canal winding through a waterfront precinct flanked with trendy modern buildings, Dubai Marina is a great spot to enjoy scenic city views, luxury dining, and shopping.

Timing
Open 365 days in the year

Duration
Visitors can spend 4 to 5 hours at this attraction.

How to Reach
From Dubai International airport: Approx 1 hour
From Dubai Downtown: Approx 1 hour

Best for
Scenic sightseeings, Luxury shopping, and dining.

 

What to do in Dubai

  • Shopping at Dubai Mall
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Apart from splurging on luxury merchandises and designer labels, visitors also get to enjoy attractions.


Place to shop till you drop, Dubai Mall is the biggest and grandest shopping mall in UAE. Apart from splurging on luxury merchandises and designer labels, visitors also get to enjoy attractions such as VR Park, KidZania and Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.

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