Sex and the emirate
The slew of ‘sexpat’ scandals has seen Dubai get a lot of press attention, and not in a good way. From ‘sex on the beach’ to the ‘lewd texts’ case, we take a look at how expat life can go horribly wrong.
March 22, 2010 1:36 by Aarti Nagraj
5. Marnie Pearce
Marnie Pearce, another British national, was jailed for three months in February last year after her Egyptian husband, Ihab El Labban, accused her of having an affair. Pearce, who denied the allegations, claimed that her husband framed the charges in order to get custody of their two young sons.
Although she was supposed to be deported after serving the prison term, she was later pardoned and allowed to stay on in Dubai, and later, also managed to win the right to see her children twice a week.
6. Michelle Palmer and Vince Acors
The case that attracted the most headlines was the ‘sex on the beach’ incident in July 2008.
Michelle Palmer, a resident of Dubai, and UK-based Vince Acors were accused of engaging in sexual activity outside wedlock, after police caught the pair allegedly having sex on Jumeirah beach. Palmer was also accused of throwing her shoe at a police officer.
Both were sentenced to three months in prison followed by deportation in October. However, in November, the court suspended their jail term, and the two were deported back to Britain.
The two were fined AED1,000 for drinking alcohol.