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World Cup Host Country Jails Dutch Rape Victim On Adultery Charges

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FIFA remains committed to hosting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where a projected 7,000 slaves will die in the process of constructing facilities funded by Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and Anheuser-Busch. But the atrocious human rights situation in that country extends beyond the laborers shanghaied into building an event they’ll never live to see; Qatar is jailing tourists for having the temerity to be raped. From CNN:

The 22-year-old woman, whom CNN has identified only as Laura, was at a hotel bar having drinks with a friend, but then had a drink that made her feel “very unwell,” according to Brian Lokollo, a lawyer who was hired by the woman’s family.

She reportedly woke up in an unfamiliar location and realized “to her great horror” that she had been raped after her drink was spiked, Lokollo said.

When she reported the rape to the police, she herself was imprisoned.

The Dutch woman, who was visiting Qatar on vacation, has now spent three months in jail.


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