A hotel worker was jailed in the UAE after reporting she had been raped by fellow employees. She spent eight months in prison for adultery
and drinking without a permit.
The 29-year-old woman says she was drugged and raped by work colleagues at the hotel in the Emirate of Fujairah in 2008.
She contacted her consulate for help, and says she received no warning from the Australian officials about the dangers of making a complaint.
After reporting the incident to police, she was imprisoned until her pardon in March 2009. She was imprisoned as it is illegal to have sexual relations outside marriage in the UAE even when raped.
The woman is now suing her country's government for allegedly giving her bad advice when she was in trouble abroad. The complainant says Australian consular officials failed to warn her that she could be jailed for adultery if she reported the alleged
The complainant is also suing her employers at the hotel, alleging they failed to protect her.