Texas Woman Freed After Being Detained in Dubai for Months

Houston woman is en route back to US
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2023 3:30 AM CDT
Updated Aug 12, 2023 12:50 PM CDT
Dubai Charges US Woman With Screaming in Public
People enjoy swimming in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, July 5, 2023.   (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
UPDATE Aug 9, 2023 12:00 AM CDT

The Houston 29-year-old known online as the "Sassy Trucker" is on her way back home after more than two months in Dubai. Tierra Young Allen says she was detained there after a dispute at a rental car company, but the AP reports the details of that dispute, as well as whether Allen faces any legal proceedings in Dubai, remain murky. What is known is that she paid a deposit of $1,360 to clear a travel ban against her and then departed the United Arab Emirates Tuesday; she was traveling through the United Kingdom en route back to the US. All the State Department is saying is, "We take seriously our commitment to assist US citizens abroad. Over the past several months, the US Embassy in Dubai provided consistent consular assistance on this case."

Jul 18, 2023 3:30 AM CDT

Tierra Young Allen was on vacation with a friend in Dubai when a nightmare started unfolding at a rental car agency. The 29-year-old Allen's mother tells Fox 26 that the Houston woman and her friend were in an accident while in the friend's rental car, and that when Allen went in to the agency to retrieve her belongings from the car, "She found out she could only receive those items if she paid an undisclosed amount of money. She dealt with a very aggressive individual, a young man there who was screaming at her." Allen, her mother says, ultimately yelled back—and found herself arrested and charged with screaming in public.

Allen, whom the Daily Beast refers to as a "trucker-turned-TikTok influencer," has now been detained in the United Arab Emirates for two months, her passport seized, and she's facing prison time. "She is in jail for one reason and one reason alone, she raised her voice. In that country, a female is not even allowed to raise her voice. If she raises her voice it's punishable by jail time," community activist Quanell X says. "They have a strict law system that is really based on theocracy." See the full story at Fox 26. (More Dubai stories.)

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