Thursday, May 3, 2012

Australia: Two European Tourists Raped in Alice Springs

Two European tourists, both women, ages 21 and 28, were raped during the early morning hours of April 30, when three Aboriginal assailants broke into the car the two women were sleeping in in Alice Springs. A firearm was used by one of the assailants to intimidate the victims.

One suspect, 17 years of age, was arrested in connection with the attacks yesterday (May 2).

The alleged assaults occurred near the end of Maconochie Road in Mount John.  After the three suspects broke into the tourists' car, they forced the women to have sex with them.

COMMENT: Police are continuing to conduct aerial searches for a dark, green Toyota Ascent with South Australian number plates. The vehicle has the South Australian registration of WXD617 and was last seen at about 0645 hours on Wednesday morning, traveling west on Larapinta Drive out of Alice Springs.

As in most countries, violent crime is a common occurrence in Australia, which is why foreign tourists must constantly be vigilant. Unfortunately, sleeping in a locked vehicle hardly constitutes "safe" accommodations, particularly during hours of darkness, when criminals seek out the vulnerable.

Alice Springs is the third largest town in the Northern Territory, Australia. Popularly known as "the Alice" or simply "Alice," Alice Springs is situated near the southern border of the Northern Territory. The site is known as Mparntwe to its original inhabitants, the Arrernte, who have lived in the Central Australian desert in and around what is now Alice Springs for thousands of years. Alice Springs has a population of 27,481 people, which makes up 12% of the territory's population.