Dubai, a city in the United Arab Emirates, sometimes called the “shopping capital” of the Middle East is also boasted as one of the world’s top transit spots. While Dubai may have a healthy economy there is still a dark side. Australian Alicia Gali discovered just how dark it could be living under sharia law.
Gali took a job in the UAE with one of the world’s biggest hotel chains, Starwood. What happened next makes this story a must-watch for every Woman planning on travelling through the region.
Gali was using her laptop in the hotel’s staff bar when her drink was spiked. She awoke to a nightmare beyond belief: she had been savagely raped by three of her colleagues. Alone and frightened, she took herself to hospital.
What Alicia didn’t know is that under the UAE’s strict sharia laws, if the perpetrator does not confess, a rape cannot be convicted without four adult Muslim male witnesses. She was charged with having illicit sex outside marriage, and thrown in a filthy jail cell for eight months.