Tierra Allen, a popular TikTok influencer from Houston, Texas, who goes by the name of “Sassy Trucker”, has finally been freed from Dubai after being detained for months over a dispute with a car rental company. Allen, who has over 1.2 million followers on the social media platform, was arrested in May for allegedly “shouting” at a male employee of the car rental agency, which is considered an offense under the UAE’s laws. She was released on bail but had her passport confiscated and was placed under a travel ban, preventing her from leaving the country.
Allen’s ordeal came to an end on Tuesday when she boarded a flight back to the U.S. after paying a fee of about $1,360 to the Dubai police to lift the travel ban.
Allen’s case has drawn attention to the human rights situation in the UAE, where foreigners can face harsh penalties for minor offenses or cultural misunderstandings.