Monday, March 24, 2014

Employee, Secretary Held after Ethiopian Maid Raped, Beaten

Naharnet Newsdesk, 23 March 2014.  An employee and a secretary of an agency for the recruitment of migrant domestic workers were arrested after an Ethiopian maid filed a report alleging that she was raped, the Internal Security Forces announced on Sunday.

“On March 17, 2014, the Tripoli judicial police department received a report filed by the Ethiopian domestic worker B. E., 33, regarding a rape offense,” the ISF's public relations department said in a statement.

“Following intensive investigations, it turned out that the aforementioned worker had headed along with her employer to an agency for the recruitment of migrant domestic workers in the Koura town of Kousba after a dispute erupted between them,” the statement added.

Further investigations showed that the agency's female secretary L. S., 24, had called agency employee A. Z., 40, and asked him to come to office to resolve the dispute between the domestic worker and her employer, according to the statement.

“Upon his arrival, he beat up the worker with the aim of 'disciplining her' before forcing her to take off her clothes under the excuse of searching her. He then raped her after assaulting her with his belt, within earshot of the secretary who was in the adjacent room,” the ISF said.

It added that the man threatened the maid not to tell her employer about what happened inside the office and that following medical examinations, a forensic doctor confirmed the presence of bruises on “sensitive spots” of the domestic worker's body.

Police also verified that distinguishing marks mentioned by the maid were found on the assaulter's body.

“A. Z. and the secretary L. S. have been arrested following authorization from the relevant judicial authorities,” the ISF added.

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