From the Marginal Revolution:
“I’m really scared of what could happen, because I bought property here,” said Sofia, who asked that her last name be withheld because she is still hunting for a new job. “If I can’t pay it off, I was told I could end up in debtors’ prison.”
With Dubai’s economy in free fall, newspapers have reported that more than 3,000 cars sit abandoned in the parking lot at the Dubai Airport, left by fleeing, debt-ridden foreigners (who could in fact be imprisoned if they failed to pay their bills). Some are said to have maxed-out credit cards inside and notes of apology taped to the windshield.
Debtors account for about forty percent of the Dubai prison population.
Quite ironic now that Dubai itself can’t repay its debts. Wrongful imprisonment is of course not a problem limited to Dubai: see here, here, here and here. Other rights violations in Dubai. More absurd human rights violations.