We’re sorry to do this to you so early in the morning, but you’ve got to hear this absolutely gruesome story. A French teenager’s Dubai vacation turned into a nightmare when three men kidnapped and raped him before dumping his bloodied body behind a glistening hotel.
When the boy, named Alex, went to the police, the officers discouraged him from filing a complaint. And, what’s more, he can’t call it “rape,” because the United Arab Emirates don’t have male rape. Only “forced homosexuality”. The NY Times elaborates:
The authorities not only discouraged Alex from pressing charges, he, his family and French diplomats say; they raised the possibility of charging him with criminal homosexual activity, and neglected for weeks to inform him or his parents that one of his attackers had tested H.I.V. positive while in prison four years earlier.
United Arab Emirates law does not recognize rape of males, only a crime called “forced homosexuality.” The two adult men charged with sexually assaulting Alex have pleaded not guilty, although sperm from all three were found in Alex. The two adults appeared in court on Wednesday and were appointed a lawyer. They face trial before a three-judge panel on Nov. 7. The third, a minor, will be tried in juvenile court. Legal experts here say that men convicted of sexually assaulting other men usually serve sentences ranging from a few months to two years..
As if that’s not disgusting enough, Alex and his family allege that the police originally attempted to cover up the fact that one of the rapists had HIV, a fact they neglected to tell French authorities.
Guess where we won’t be spending our next vacation…