A Dutch woman, 25, was raped by two Britons, both 19, this week when she failed to lock the door of her hotel guest room in Maramaris.
The victim, for reasons unknown, failed to lock her guest room door. As a result, her two assailants entered her room and and took turns raping the young woman while the other kept watch.
COMMENT: Even though the woman's two rapists are being deported, it is outrageous that that is their ONLY punishment.
Where is the justice for the victim and where in the world were Dutch diplomats who should have been protecting the interests of their compatriot who was raped?
Justice would mandate that the perpetrators in this case should have been arrested, booked, charged and convicted. Worse, local expats and Turks everywhere have expressed their disapproval to no avail.
This crime should be a reminder to tourists and travelers anywhere that the only thing keeping them from becoming a victim in Turkey, is their own level of personal security awareness and vigilance.
Clearly, deportation comes nowhere close to gang-rape.
If the victim had attended one of my SAFE FOREIGN TRAVEL workshops she would have learned how to secure her guest room door, and very likely would have avoided an experience that will remain in her memory for the rest of her life.
Marmaris is a port town and tourist resort on the Mediterranean coast, located in Muğla Province, southwestern Turkey, along the shoreline of the Turkish Riviera. Marmaris' main source of income is tourism.
The town's population is normally 31,000, but peaks at around 300,000 to 400,000 people during the tourism season. Marmaris' nightlife rivals anything on the Turkish coast.