Monday, November 4, 2013

Australia: South Korean Woman, 22, Punched, Sexually Assaulted, Robbed in Cairns (Queensland)

According to http://news.ninemsn.com.au, a 22-year-old South Korean tourist was walking alone along Lake Street towards Cairns at 1230 hours on Sunday (November 3)  when she was attacked by three youngsters (two 14 years of age and one 17 years of age).

The young woman was punched in the face causing her to be knocked from her feet. Two of the youths then sexually assaulted the young woman and then stole her smart-phone and passport.

COMMENT: The woman was left shaken but didn't require medical attention. Police say they later found the woman's passport and phone at a house in the Cairns suburb of Earlville. Three boys, two aged 14 and one aged 17, are being questioned by police.

We suggest to all of our readers that criminality exists in all countries, developed and developing. Consequently, it is essential that ALL foreign travelers anticipate being targeted and take steps to avoid victimization if at all possible.

We can only hope that Australia's criminal justice system will punish the assailants to the full extent of the law, trying them as adults if at all possible, to ensure that their behavior and unprovoked attack on a tourist is NOT OK.

Cairns is a regional city in the far north of Queensland, Australia, founded in 1876. The city was formed to serve miners heading for the Hodgkinson River goldfield, but experienced a decline when an easier route was discovered from Port Douglas. 

the city later developed into a rail-head and major port for exporting sugar cane, gold and other metals, minerals and agricultural products from surrounding coastal areas and the Atherton Tableland region. 

As of June 2012, the population was approximately 153,075. Cairns is located about 1,700 kilometers (1,056 miles) from Brisbane, and about 2,700 kilometers (1,678 mi) from Sydney by road.