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Old 5th Nov 2017, 16:52   #1 (permalink)
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Layover Rape!

11 November 2013, I was the captain of a flight to an unnamed layover. That night a young Asian cabin attendant was raped in the hotel by the cabin manager. I was informed after landing on our return. Obviously, I confronted the CM and reported the incident to the company. The issue was dealt with in the manner in which these things are, given the geographic location and religious/cultural circumstances.

During my short tenure there (5 years), it became apparent to me that this was not an isolated incident, and that there was a culture of fear which fed into the hands of those partaking in the sexual harassment activities in that airline. This particular individual had been reported on several occasions over the years, and no action had been taken against him. The only reason that the company acted in this case, I believe, was the fact that I reported the matter to everyone concerned, from the very top down, and they feared I might go public! I'm sorry I never did.

In those days, my company emails used to forward to a Gmail account. I was looking for a document a few days ago and I stumbled upon some of those emails, so I looked up the flight details, the crew names, and the staff number list. Dirty reminders.

I no longer work there but that young girl's trauma still burdens me. As the father of a young girl, it isn't easy weighing up the "what-ifs". I struggle with the "what-ifs". I also struggle with the idea that many more young girls have subsequently suffered similar fates, and continue to do so, in that godforsaken place.

Anyway, now that I am back home and living in a free country, I am going to have to report this to a competent authority. Rather late than never.

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Old 5th Nov 2017, 18:51   #2 (permalink)
 
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A more specific would be helpful.
Did you report it to the local police?
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Old 5th Nov 2017, 19:04   #3 (permalink)
 
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Not that my tale is, in any way, similar to yours:
In 1983, having just joined a ME airline, I, together with several new flight deck and cabin crew were sharing the same dilapidated hotel.
One evening, a 'recruitment officer' turned up checking out the girls to see if they'd make suitable companions for well off locals and rudely approached a young woman to whom I was speaking on totally platonic terms.
I didn't really NEED the job so I told him to eff off in exactly those words (I expected to be fired - I wasn't).
Shortly afterwards the girl I'd been speaking to was shagging a local.
I decided then that Western women could look after themselves and it would be silly of me ever to become involved again.
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Old 5th Nov 2017, 21:53   #4 (permalink)
 
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Basil, I'm glad you told the worm to eff off. But I'm not sure your decision to let all Western ladies look after themselves was well-founded. The lady presumably decided to enter a relationship with the local in question, ie it was consensual. That's a very different thing from being pressured into sex by a superior colleague who could get you fired or make your life very unpleasant.

I'm sure you weren't telling the recruitment tyke to buzz off simply because you felt you had rights over the woman in question, and were subsequently bitter.

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Old 6th Nov 2017, 09:37   #5 (permalink)
 
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I'm sure you weren't telling the recruitment tyke to buzz off simply because you felt you had rights over the woman in question, and were subsequently bitter.
Interesting psychological hypothesis but, no, I don't think so.
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