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Russian tourist allegedly raped in Egypt's Sharm El-Sheikh, rapist arrested

A 23-year-old driver is detained after allegedly raping a Russian tourist in the South Sinai resort of Sharm El-Sheikh

Ahram Online, Saturday 12 Jul 2014
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Egypt's tourism ministry investigating alleged rape case in Sharm El-Sheikh
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South Sinai police arrested Friday a driver for allegedly raping a Russian tourist, Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.

Police received a complaint that a Russian tourist, 36, along with her husband were taking a tourism company-owned vehicle back to their hotel in Sharm El-Sheikh after a night out.

The driver, 23, pretended that the car had broken down and lured the husband out of the car to try and fix it.

He then rode off alone with the man's wife, raped her and left her on the side of the road.

Police arrested the driver in his house before he attempted to escape the governorate. The driver reportedly confessed to the incident and was referred to the prosecution for investigation.

This is not the first rape of a foreigner in Sharm El-Sheikh, a resort town already suffering a drop in revenues from national political turmoil.

In March, a 40-year-old woman was raped in a five-star hotel in Sharm El-Sheikh.

The tourism ministry has recorded 150 cases of sexual harassment against tourists over the last two years. There have also been three recorded rapes.

Egypt's tourism sector, which contributes around 11 percent of the country's GDP, has experienced a series of blows since the January 2011 uprising that toppled long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak.

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