The Digital Journalist
©Steve Raymer
Gold shops and nightclubs with names like Anthakshari, Ashiana, and the Bollywood Café cater to a subcontinental elite in Dubai, a sought-after destination of the diaspora. Indian professionals say they are willing to sacrifice democracy, which doesn't exist in the Gulf states, for the good pay, luxury shopping malls, private schools, and low crime. But Dubai and its neighbors have been roundly condemned by human-rights groups for aiding in the exploitation of some of the 600,000 to 800,000 women and children who are trafficked across international borders each year, most for commercial sex.