2 European tourists raped at gunpoint in Australia

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Sydney – A man was arrested Thursday after two European tourists were allegedly raped at gunpoint as they slept in their car in the Australian desert town of Alice Springs.

Police said the women, whose nationalities were not released, were sleeping in their parked vehicle on Wednesday morning when they were attacked.

Commander Michael Murphy said the men allegedly forced the women to have sex with them.

“One of the males was armed with what has been described as a rifle. Money and tobacco was also stolen from the victims,” Murphy said.

The men fled in another car and a 17-year-old was subsequently arrested.

Northern Territory Tourism Minister Malarndirri McCarthy said the incident was shocking but expressed hope it would not put off tourists.

“It is absolutely horrific for any woman to be attacked in such a way anywhere in the world, in particular here in the Northern Territory,” she told ABC radio.

“We want people to feel safe here… irrespective of whether they are visitors or whether they live here.”

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  • efriend

    Travel Alert: Filipino tourists, be careful in Australia. Why not change the title: 2 British tourists raped by Australians.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CXSAKSY3PCRQRSVZH4LOEO2RQ Marko

      Napaka-general naman nun by Australians tlga eh.

  • akramgolteb

    Who said it was more fun in the Philippines?

    • JunPyo123

      Connect?

  • cooldoods

    no offense to upstanding citizens of Australia, but I wouldn’t want to live in a country that was initially populated as a penal colony for Great Britain. Genetics still matter.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/FPGLAYFLIRUSI2NAEG3Q5E6PGU R

      Such an unfair and racist comment.

      That same country, Australia, “initially populated as a penal colony….”, as the commenter points out, has contributed greatly to humanity. In fact Australia has been contributing to Philippine development thru billions of pesos in aid grants (P5.5B in 2011).

      Surely, the sins of a few can never be the sins of the whole.

      • cooldoods

        Studies have shown a strong link between criminality and genetics, some even suggest the existence of a “crime gene”. Another study noted that in 2010, 31% of prison entrants had mental health illnesses. Anyway my original comment does not mean to malign Australia as a race or as a country nor denigrate its contributions to society and culture. I’m sure the current inhabitants of Australia are largely descended from law-abiding immigrants. I would probably visit Australia but not live there. I hope this clarifies my earlier post.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/5DNDQOB3FC24ZA7LZANJSCJSMY Brendan

        The rapists were aboriginal not white.

      • cooldoods

        well that’s just great. it turns out that aborigines, while making up just 3% of the population, commits 20% of the violent crimes in Western Australia. And aboriginal women are 20 times more likely than non-aboriginal women to be victims of violence.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YATE6O3KK7WZEKAAVMIFUEHXMI iyot

    When was the last time it happened in ausralia? As far as i know rapes happen in pinas everyday not only to tourists but also to children. Worse than this is the rape comitted by a father with the help of their mother.

    • PHtaxpayer

      From GMA News, Jan. 29, 2012:

      In Australia, just this month, a mother of four raped her own 11-year-old daughter to teach her about sex.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5DNDQOB3FC24ZA7LZANJSCJSMY Brendan

    I’m Australian and I saw this on the news. There were 3 rapists not 1 and they were aboriginal not white.

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