A woman’s story about being raped by a staff member while a guest at the Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands is going viral on twitter.
On Sunday the 26 year old Chinese woman, who is studying in Australia, shared her story of a sexual assault by the butler assigned to her at the Ritz-Carlton resort. She says that the hotel’s management and local police are trying to quiet the events, so she’s gone public with photos and naming the person she’s accusing.
I was raped in the Maldives. I don’t know how many people this will reach to but help me get help. I arrived in the Maldives on the 6th. I was to return to China on the 10th but i extended mg stay and decided to stay at the @RCMaldives pic.twitter.com/Sw97N5j6qI
— XuYitong (@YolyYitong) June 18, 2023
The woman says she was planning a four day trip in the Maldives, June 6-10, but extended her stay and switched properties to the Ritz.
The butler assigned to her, she says, watched her sleep on her villa’s deck. And when she rang the hotel for help after getting her phone wet, he came and began coming onto her on the bed in her room. He asked to kiss her, she says, and she declined.
Then he mocked her, suggesting she must be homosexual for refusing his advances, pushed her onto the bed and began assaulting her.
She goes into some detail on the attack and its aftermath, accusing the resort of taking the physical evidence and telling her to leave the property. She says the hotel accuses her of making up the story to extort a free stay.
I feel badly for this woman. She’s shared her police report and photos of herself. I have no reason to doubt her story, though it’s possible to construct scenarios and I imagine some commenters might do so. I also don’t have details of the hotel’s or police’s investigation. The accused ought to have the right to a trial where he can confront the evidence against him before legal judgment is rendered. If genuine the existence of a police report and photos seem persuasive.
I pass this along because it was a grim reminder for me that there are bad people everywhere. It’s easy to let your guard down when you’re in the care of an expensive hotel and in a beautiful surrounding. It’s also easy to think that you’re street smart, a savvy traveler, and know what places to avoid – but these things only reduce risk, they do not eliminate it.