Monday, September 04, 2006

YouTube blocked from the UAE due to trafficking documentary…Google could be next

As I mentioned before, YouTube has been blocked from the UAE after we posted our documentary Desert Nights.

One of our readers and blogger, Mark, lives in Kuwait and has a site called He has posted links to our documentary on his site and as a result has had quite a bit of dialog going.

Some of the highlights I am reposting so you can see what effect the exposing of trafficking to the UAE has had and to also better understand that this is not an Armenian issue, but a global epidemic.

I want to also mention that if the UAE blocks Google, I will be reposting the documentary on 2 servers and when they block those, 4, then 8 and so on. One way or the other, the word will get out and the more they block, the more they are admitting guilt of being involved (which our documentary shows they are and maybe that’s why they are blocking it).

Prostitution in Dubai

Posted by Mark

I just watched an amazing documentary on trafficking of woman and girls from Armenia to Dubai for prostitution. I found the link to the youtube videos over a week ago via Spikeyq8 and I just got around to watching it all and it was really heart breaking. Two Armenian guys, Edik Baghdasaryan and Ara Manoogian went to Dubai to expose the trafficking of women and children into sex slavery. Armed with hidden cameras they proceeded to interview prostitutes and expose the masterminds behind the Armenian prostitution ring in Dubai. Its a very in your face documentary and although doesn’t contain nudity it does talk about a subject that some viewers might find offensive. So if you think you might get offended don’t watch the video. Its available on YouTube in 7 parts, each less then 10 minutes long but its also available on Google Video as one whole part.

Part 1
Part 2a
Part 2b
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5a
Part 5b and 6

Google Video
Whole movie

Ara Manoogian’s Blog [Link]
Documentary Transcript [Link]

24 Comments. Add your own...

· 4. And Far Away...… | September 3rd, 2006 at 3:37 am

[…] Hello Dubai, the Bangkok of the Middle East, where Arabs go to sin. Google it, the menu comes in an assortment of colors; blondie chicks from Russia (apparently, the most common), black beauties from Ethiopia (second most found variety), Asian babes from the Philippines and India, among other varieties. I have never been to Dubai, and yet stories of friends who got approached in the city and the tales of bars filled to the brim with girls waiting to get picked up are always told. Here’s a documentary about prostitution in Dubai. A website I found claims, “An economist recently informed me that vice, directly and indirectly, accounts for over 30% of Dubai’s money-go-round.” […]

· 5. forzaq8 | September 3rd, 2006 at 7:23 am

oh so thats why youtube is banned in UAE

· 6. Spikey | September 3rd, 2006 at 8:04 am

thanx mark…

well i know how it looks…some people just need to get to the top..even if its the wrong direction…

· 7. mar | September 3rd, 2006 at 8:25 am

just to get a few things clear. i lived in dubai for 8 years before moving to kuwait and i would give it all up to move back there. prostitution is yes part of the economy in dubai and its a business there. BUT it is very much restricted to a few areas that are not :open” to the public. ans YES girls do get pick up in pubs and bars and ONLY if they want to and thats NOT prostitution. I did not watch the movie yet i will and maybe ill add a few more things. and by the way dubai is 100% safe. I used to come back home alone after a long night of clubing while in kuwait i dont go out alone after 6. dont be so intimidated of the open world.

· 8. Mark | September 3rd, 2006 at 9:02 am

Mar what misinformation exactly are you clearing up if you haven’t watched the movie yet? The movie talks about the trafficking of woman and children to dubai for prostitution. Meaning young Armenian girls (under 18) are being told they will be going to work in Greece to pick fruits but end up coming to Dubai and having their passports confiscated and being forced into the prostitution business. The movie also talks about the prostitution business in Dubai and how woman have sex for money and why. Sex for money IS called prostitution.

· 9. mar | September 3rd, 2006 at 9:43 am

mark im not commenting in the documentary im replying on the comment left by “and far away….”

· 10. Mark | September 3rd, 2006 at 10:03 am

Mar thats a ping back, and far away’s post is here
he just linked to me

· 11. bin3li | September 3rd, 2006 at 10:12 am

you know Mark
Etisalat blocked the entire site of youtube from UAE because of this documentry

and because of this movie many other sites has been blocked even if it dose only have articles that talks about it, including (

Now, I think Etisalat has a strong reason to block google video, and your site!

I wish they don’t reach to your site at least

What is happening here is that they put laws and they go around it, like how Armenian girls enter Dubai with a Russian passports that have flase info. including their real age!

Armenians are not the only nationality which is involved in this business

many Asian ( Philippine and Indonesian ) women enter the country as housemades, they work all day as mades
and in midnight cars pick them from home and take them to hotels where they make money out of sex! ( I don’t know from where do they get all this energy to work 24 hours!)

Also there are many African come to dubai for the same reason.

· 12. moocherx | September 3rd, 2006 at 10:34 am

I lived in Dubai 10 years ago, and even then prostitution was rife. However, at that time we used to chat to all these very pleasant & intelligent russian girls who’d come to Dubai as teachers. But their salaries were meagre, so they used to go to the clubs at night to pick up guys for extra cash. They were quite grateful for people just to chat with on some evenings, talking about life instead of “what do you do and for how much?”. Those were interesting days. But judging by the toothless old crones standing in the bus-stops of Mahboula waiting for a pickup to pick-up, it won’t be long before Kuwait starts going down the same path, and it won’t be supposedly hidden in the form of “massage” leaflets slid under doorways in apartment buildings!

· 13. zaydoun | September 3rd, 2006 at 10:37 am

I say legalize prostitution like Germany and be done with it!

· 14. equalizer | September 3rd, 2006 at 12:29 pm

Prostitution is a serious problem in any society. Hell its the oldest proffession on Earth. To alow or put a blind eye on prostitution is simply carelessness and in part incriminating on the officials side. I don’t think Etisalat can block e-mails, and this should get to every UAE citizen, but then again what is the point. They all know it exists and they can’t talk about it or do anything about it. I’ve heard stories about prostitues locked up in some of the sheikhs palaces. Dubai can only have a better image if it gets rid of those prostitutes, or better yet move them into real jobs and crack down on the pimps and traffiking network.

· 20. Hashim | September 3rd, 2006 at 4:55 pm

What really amazes me is that everything happens under close observation of police units!

· 22. fadibou | September 3rd, 2006 at 11:31 pm

They have prostitution true, but so does Saudi, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.
Prostitution is sick and sad, but thats not the problem with Dubai and I dont think the economic boom they have is based on it.

· 23. Mark | September 3rd, 2006 at 11:49 pm

Dude come on, you cant be comparing the prostitution in Dubai to prostition in Kuwait.. compare it to something in the same league like Bangkok or the Red Light District in Amsterdam. There is nothing in the whole region that is anything close to Cyclone.

· 24. Toxy | September 4th, 2006 at 1:07 am

Hahahahaha…..Sorry Mar, but you are talking absolute rubbish.

Prostitution is “very much restricted to a few areas that are not :open” to the public”….what an absolute load of cack!!

Go to any of the following bars and you will see the prostitutes eyeing you up for a pickup:

Boudoir - supposed to be classy…instead it’s full of trashy Arab hookers lined across the bar

Trilogy - plenty of Eastern Europeans roaming around the outter bar areas.

Casbar - used to be a top place to go about 5 years ago, now it’s all hookers

Zinc - used to be full of Emirates Airlines - now all hookers

Long Bar - full of older Russian hookers looking for some action

Appartment - hookers lurk at the bar like a bad smell

-and that’s all off the top of my head. I haven’t even mentioned those other shit holes like Cyclone, Hyatt Regency, The Garage, Arif’s Castle or Embassy Suites, which are all renowned for their nastiness.

Dubai has become a filthy, dispicable rat hole full of cheap, tacky disease ridden trash.

You obviously have never been out in Dubai if you think it’s only in certain areas. You can even go to Emirates Mall and see those trash with their revealing outfits walking around during the day! Posting Your Comment
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