Five men – a Kuwaiti, two other Arabs described as “bedouin,” and two Filipinos – were arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of trafficking 39 Filipino women into prostitution, forcing them to work in a brothel disguised as a massage parlor.
The women were employed by a company to provide massage services in the Kuwaiti towns of Mahboula, Abu Halifa and Salmiya. However, they were forced into sexual activities and were given drugs to boost their hormone levels, Arab Times reported.
They were also allegedly raped by the five men.
The suspects have denied all the allegations against them. However, police say that during their investigation, they found the purported massage parlor and hormone pills.
The men will be referred to the Criminal Court on charges of running a brothel. They could be sentenced to terms of 15 years to life in prison if convicted.