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Pakistan has long been an important source of cheap labour for the Gulf state, particularly its booming construction sector. Zunera and her sister Shaista were two of them. Their ordeal began in her hometown in Punjab province, when the family got into money trouble and a neighbour named Ayesha offered the sisters domestic work. After a while Ayesha suggested she take the sisters to Dubai to work in her beauty parlour, getting fake papers to help the underage Zunera leave Pakistan.