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Ministry revokes 2 Sharm hotel licenses after rape of tourist reported

Hilton Sharks Bay and Sharm Holiday Resort licenses are withdrawn by Egypt's tourism ministry after reports of sexual abuse; ministry imposes measures to deter future occurences

Ahram Online , Tuesday 25 Mar 2014
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File Photo: Tourists who were due to participate in an aquatic exercise class, perform their exercises on the sand instead, at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Monday, Dec. 6, 2010 (Photo: AP)
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The licenses of two hotels in Egypt's Red Sea resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh were revoked after sexual harassment cases occurring at the hotels were ignored by management, state news agency MENA reported on Tuesday.

Tourism Minister Hesham Zaazou's decision was taken against the five-star Hilton Sharks Bay Resort and the four-star Sharm Holiday Resort.

The decision comes after a holidaymaker, a British businesswoman in her 40s, told the Daily Mail she had been raped by a security guard in an unnamed five-star hotel in Sharm El-Sheikh.

Egypt's tourism ministry said on Monday it was investigating the alleged rape.

ZaaZou said in 2013 that the previous year the ministry discovered 3 cases of rape and 150 cases of sexual harassment in Sharm El-Sheikh alone.

The Ministry of Tourism notified the Egyptian Chamber of Hotels it will exercise its legal authority according to Law 1 of 1973, which grants it the right to withdraw hotel licenses when acceptable public conduct is breached or if the hotel contributes to "harming the country's reputation or security," according to MENA.

The same source also reported that the ministry directed the head of Egypt's Chamber of Travel Agencies to take immediate legal action against any tourism worker who sexually harasses a tourist by filing a case at the office of the General Prosecution detailing the abuse reported by the victim.

The ministry additionally requested the chamber provide it with a copy of any future report, including the name of the touristic venue where the abuse took place.

Meanwhile, tourism ministry spokesperson Rasha El-Azazy told Ahram Online on Monday “We are following the reported incident with the British embassy and local tourism police, and the case is currently under investigation.”

A severe punishment will be imposed if the ministry confirms the crime, Azazy added.

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Divergirl
26-03-2014 05:56pm
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Wolf
This alleged attack was a "cry wolf" I strongly believe. Gives women a bad name and loses hundreds of people their jobs
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RM
26-03-2014 08:45am
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World's worst country to be a woman
Egypt has been recognised by the UN as the world's worst country to be a woman. 99% of women have been sexually harassed. Other countries with crap education system like Egypt don't also have such a severe problem. It has been going on for at least 25 years at worsening levels. Public authorities and religious authorities like Al-Azhar have never spoken out about it. I would also like to know why parenting, principally done by women, has not put a stop to it. The hypocrisy of Egyptian men is unbelievable. They decry an unveiled women while leering, rubbing, catcalling and in some cases raping. Where did this depravity come from? In most countries, you would need to go back hundreds of years, and even then, in middle-age Europe women were economically active and independent without this harassment. The British Embassy has long reported Egypt a place where visitors report the most severe and repeated sexual harassment and assaults. I will never visit there again after my last experience.
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Sam Enslow
25-03-2014 06:17pm
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Educate
Punishing specific hotels will not solve this problem. Sure, punish the guilty, but the problem of sexual harrassment is one that affects Egyptians as well as tourists. The men of Egypt need education on how to treat all women. Also the myth that all foreign women really want 'IT' must be shown to be the myth it is. Sex as a taboo subject leads not to moral goodness but to ignorance and acts like these. It must be noted that rape is not about sex. It is about power and domination
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Guest
25-03-2014 05:15pm
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Hasher sentences for rapists required!
Revoking the hotel licences would be a collective punishment of all the employees. It would be more appropriate to apply harsher sentences to rapists. (Those who sexually assault victims should be castrated. That would deter other potential offenders.) The root of the problem lies in the low educational (and ethical) standards. Boys are brought up believing girls/women were just objects to satisfy their lowly desires.
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Democracia
26-03-2014 11:37pm
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Serious?
Imad Hamza: what a stupid comment. Respecting women is a charakteristic MB morality? Are you serious???
Imad Hamza
25-03-2014 10:24pm
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Guest: you are wrong
Because respecting women is a characteristic Muslim Brotherhood morality. We patriotic Egyptians prefer to rape women rather than identify with the Muslim Brothwerhood. Besidesm we always fo it to our women. And we don't get punished as long as we support Abdul Fattah al-Sissi.
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Gemma
25-03-2014 03:29pm
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What next
What does this mean now for the hotel ? Will it continue to stay open and welcome guests ? I think the male who offended should be punished not the rest of the hotel
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25-03-2014 08:25pm
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Ignorance
The first paragraph of the article stated that the rape cases "were ignored by management" of the hotel. The hotel company is responsible for everything that occurs on their property. I'm surprised by this ignorant statement. If all you care about is the hotel business, surely ignoring rape is bad for business. I doubt employees at this hotel want to work in a place where management has no responsibility or awareness of ethical business conduct. Can you imagine what is happening to employee rights in a place that treats their customers this way!! Keep hiding your head in the sand, that's the corruption that kills businesses and industries.
medo
25-03-2014 08:08pm
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@Gemma
No, that's what it means when it says "Licence revoked" !!!!!!! It means their licence was taken away... meaning... no guests!
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