British influencer, 22, ‘vows to clear her name’ after ‘fleeing Dubai when she was caught up in prostitution probe’
- Bayley Jacob allegedly posted on relationships website Seeking Arrangement
- The site is legal in the UK but it is against the law to even view it in Dubai
- Influencer’s grandmother has refuted the claims and said it was ‘rubbish’
A British influencer who fled Dubai after getting caught up in a prostitution investigation by police has ‘done nothing wrong’ and will fight the accusations made against her, according to her grandmother.
Bayley Jacob, 22, who boasts 85,000 followers on Instagram, left the country after she was accused of soliciting for sex online when she posted on a website for men wanting ‘friends with benefits’, according to police.
The American site Seeking Arrangement, which sees sugar babies ‘enjoy a life of luxury by being pampered with fine dinners, exotic trips and allowances’, is legal in the UK but is against the law to even view in Dubai.
Sources told The Sun the move was part of a crackdown on influencers who headed to Dubai during lockdown, exploiting loopholes in travel bans.
British influencer Bayley Jacob, 22, fled Dubai amid a prostitution probe after she was accused of soliciting for sex online
Ms Jacob posted on a website for men wanting ‘friends with benefits’, according to police
The site Seeking Arrangement is legal in the UK but it is against the law to even view it in Dubai
However Ms Jacob’s grandmother, who did not wish to be named, today refuted the claims made against the influencer and said her granddaughter was ‘going to fight this’.
Speaking from her Leicester home she told The Sun: ‘There is an investigation going on but what’s being claimed is all rubbish. She’s not involved in any prostitution.’
She added: ‘She’s getting lawyers and she’s going to fight this.’
Ms Jacob, who has now returned to London, allegedly posted online: ‘I’m looking for something mutually beneficial and someone who can mentor me.
‘I’m not looking for anyone who is stingy and fake so please if you are like that do not message me.
‘I’ve had a few successful arrangements in the past.’
In Dubai, the post could be viewed as soliciting for sex which can warrant a jail sentence of up to six months
However Ms Jacob’s grandmother said the influencer had not been charged with anything and the issue was now being dealt with by her lawyers.
Sources said the move was part of a crackdown on influencers who headed to Dubai during lockdown, exploiting loopholes in travel bans
The influencer, who is from London, often shows off her lavish lifestyle to her thousands of followers
Even though she was under investigation, she was allowed to leave Dubai in March and headed to Bali
Ms Jacob’s grandmother said the influencer, who has returned to London, had not been charged with anything
She added: ‘What will all her followers think? I hope they realise it’s all rubbish too, but they will believe what they want to believe.’
Ms Jacob often shows off her lavish lifestyle to her thousands of followers.
She regularly poses in bikinis in glamorous locations around the world.
Even though she was under investigation, she was allowed to leave Dubai in March and headed to Bali.
The influencer has now returned to London and has not responded to a request for comment.
The Foreign Office said the issue is a matter for the Dubai authorities.
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