British woman who told Dubai police she'd been raped is arrested for extra-marital sex 5 years ago

British woman who told Dubai police she'd been raped is arrested for extra-marital sex

A British woman who told police in Dubai that she had been gang raped has been arrested and charged with illegal extra-martial sex.

The 25-year-old tourist, who can't be named for legal reasons, was allegedly attacked by two British men when holidaying in the United Arab Emirates last month.

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Having reported the rape at a police station, the woman was reportedly arrested for breaking Emirati laws, which forbid extra-marital sex.

While the UK-based Detained in Dubai campaign group have reportedly said that she has been released on bail, it's also said that her passport has been confiscated, meaning she is unable to leave the country. As noted by the Independent, the woman could face trial for offences. Meanwhile, her alleged attackers have since flown home to the UK.

Detained in Dubai is said to be in touch with the woman's family, who have said that the two men filmed the attack which took place in a hotel.

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“They have taken her passport as lawyers thrash it out. She is staying with an English family but she is absolutely terrified,” a friend of the family told The Sun.

“She went to the police as the victim of one of the worst ordeals imaginable but she is being treated as the criminal.”