Unwed mothers now in jail say they want to leave the UAE

May 29, 2013 at 4:07 PM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, May 29 (UPI) -- Unwed mothers in a Dubai jail say they were imprisoned with their children when they applied under a United Arab Emirates amnesty announced last year.

At least 33 women with 35 children are being held, Gulf News reported. They say they have spent months in jail while waiting for documents to leave the UAE or to be sentenced.

While they are being held in Dubai, the arrests occurred throughout the UAE. The charges include adultery and fornication.

The women say they hoped to be sent to their countries of origin.

"After we surrendered to the residency department in Dubai we got arrested and sent to the police station located in the areas where we had committed the adultery," one woman said. "After that we were sent to the public prosecutor who asked us about the father and interrogated us with questions, such as where we had sex and if we were paid to have sex."

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