From the AAP (Australian Associated Press), as reproduced by Australia's ABC.
'Brisbane rape victim sues UAE luxury hotel'.
'A Brisbane woman is suing a five-star hotel in the United Arab Emirates after she was drugged and raped by co-workers and jailed for eight months.
In another report, part of which I will reproduce below, I discovered that those 'co-workers' were 'foreign nationals' - from India and from Mauritius. I would be curious to know whether they were Muslim. Possibly not. But if they weren't, they surely took advantage of the way in which societies suffused with Islam skew the balance of power toward men. - CM.
'In a landmark case, Alica Gali, 29, is seeking compensation from her former employer, Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, for breaching its workplace duty of care.
'In June 2008 Ms Gali had her drink spiked and was raped by up to four co-workers while working as a beauty salon manager at the international resort.
'When she reported the assault to authorities she was jailed on an adultery charge and spent eight months in prison because it is illegal in the UAE to have sex outside marriage.
'Australian embassy staff advised Ms Gali and her family not to go to the media during her time in custody, when she was locked in a cell with 30 other women.
I wonder how many of those other women were also rape victims? I wonder how many were UAE citizens, and how many were foreigners like Ms Gali? - CM.
'She was pardoned and released in March 2009.
'Ms Gali alleges the hotel failed to protect staff against assault and its legal consequences.
'She says the resort encouraged workers to drink illegally at its staff bar despite strict laws and the requirement of drinking permits.
"I thought I would be safe and protected in an international hotel group", she said in a statement.
Query: is local management of that hotel Muslim, or non-Muslim? - CM.
'"They didn't give me the correct advice and didn't help me when I was charged and imprisoned".
'Ms Gali says the harrowing ordeal should be a warning to others.
"I still feel angry and upset. It's distressing because I was a victim in all this and I was punished", she said.
You were in dar al Islam, Ms Gali. That's the way dar al Islam works. The victim is always blamed and the victim is always punished and the perpetrator - if Muslim, and especially if male - gets off scot free. Be thankful that your family are non-Muslim; if you were a Muslim girl, gang-raped like that, your family would probably have murdered you by now, to get rid of the 'shame' - CM.
"The UAE is being promoted hugely here as a tourism destination - they sponsor things here.
"They are not complying with human rights, women's rights, and migrant workers' rights".
Precisely. Because the UAE are a Muslim entity, suffused with the institutionalised injustice and cruelty of sharia, under which 'human rights' have no meaning, and all women are subordinate to all men (especially to Muslim men), and may be done with as the man pleases, including rape, beating, and murder (all he has to do is claim she offended his 'honor'). The migrant workers - whether non-Arab Muslims, or non-Muslims - are essentially viewed and treated as slaves, because sharia does not forbid slavery. - CM.
'Ms Gali's lawyer Melissa Payne says her client suffers severe post-traumatic stress disorder, nightmares, flash backs, depression and claustrophobia.
'Ms Payne says the incident could have been avoided.
'She says the hotel should have segregated secure quarters for female employees, and provide adequate induction training on the local laws and customs.
'Local laws and customs'. No: Sharia. Those who are foolish enough to enter places like the UAE must be told: "in this hell-hole, sharia reigns. You, as a woman, and as a non-Muslim, are officially worthless and voiceless and any man who pleases may treat you like dirt, with impunity." - CM.
'"When she reported the assault to the human resources manager he did not advise her of the potential consequences of reporting that assault", she said.
I wonder whether he was a Muslim or a non-Muslim? - CM.
'"Alicia's employer has let her down in the most terrible, terrible of ways. A company like tis should know better.
"The resort promotes itself as paradise on earth...It wasn't paradise for Alicia".
The UAE are Muslim, and suffused with sharia. That is, scratch the surface and you will find Hell made manifest on earth. - CM.
'Ms Payne says the law firm is still preparing its case and will consult UAE law experts (good luck getting anywhere with a UAE Muslim legal counsel...CM), human rights and labour law experts.
I have a better idea. Ring up Ms Wafa Sultan, ex-Muslim author of 'A God Who Hates'. Ring up Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Ring up Nonie Darwish, ex-Muslim author of a book on sharia, 'Cruel and Usual Punishment'. And take their advice. - CM.
"There was never a prosecution against anyone for sexual assault or rape", she said.
Of course there wasn't. Because under sharia women's evidence - including the testimony of the rape victim - is inadmissible in any case involving sexual misconduct. Only the evidence of four male Muslims will do to prove rape. - CM.
Now we get the damage control 'spin' from the hotel...
'But Trey Maurice form the international umbrella group Starwood Hotels, which owns the resort (and is 'Starwood Hotels' owned and controlled by Muslims, or by non-Muslims? - might be worth Ms Gali's lawyer's while, to find this out - CM) says safety and security of staff is a paramount priority.
'Mr Maurice says the management of the resort was aware of the unfortunate circumstances (now that's a candidate for understatement of the year - CM) and provided support and assistance to Ms Gali and her family during her imprisonment.
'Ms Payne said her client delayed the lawsuit until she had recovered psychologically.
"She now feels brave enough to speak out", she said. "Alicia is very concerned there are other women who might find themselves in similar situations."
'She says it is likely the legal suit will happen in Queensland courts, but there is a possibility it could be heard in the UAE.
I wouldn't go anywhere near the UAE for this - CM.
'"This is a complex area of law, but we are exploring all options", she said. She says the compensation amount has not yet been determined'.
Now for a telling excerpt from the 'Brisbane Times' version, which offers a few extra details.
"I still feel angry and upset and it's distressing because I was a victim in all of this and I was punished - the laws have to change to protect women and give them rights (good luck with that, in the sharia-addled UAE! - CM) and the Australian government should use its influence to push for changes to laws", the statement read.
But after this promising start, Ms Gali falls into dhimmi mode. (or else, I wonder what kinds of things were said to her at the time of her 'pardon' and release? And what kinds of threats may have been issued to her, subsequently?) - CM.'She stated she did not want the incident to be manipulated into an anti-Muslim or anti-Arab attack.
Suuure. But the law which punished you, the rape victim, my dear Ms Gali, is classical Muslim sharia law. - CM.
'"The men involved were foreign nationals, they were not from the Middle East.
In this particular case, yes, they were foreigners. But they could just as easily have been local Arab Muslims. Face facts, Ms Gali. Have a chat to a certain Ms Wafa Sultan, and educate yourself. And I observe you do not say that they were 'not Muslims'. - CM.
"Two were from India, and one from Mauritius".
They may have been non-Muslims. But there are Muslims, of Indian ethnicity, in both India and Mauritius, and such could easily be working in a hotel in the UAE. - CM.
'Maurice Blackburn [the legal firm for whom Ms Gali's lawyer works] believes the three men were imprisoned as a result of the assault."
I wonder for how long?
Let's have an Australian infidel tourist boycott of the UAE. Why should any non-Muslim woman go anywhere near a destination where, if she is raped, she will be treated as a criminal and clapped into prison for months? - CM.