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#FreeLaura Twitter Campaign Brings Attention to Qatar Rape

Qatar Jailed This Woman After Reporting Her Rape


Update: There has been a hearing and sentencing in the case.

When Laura woke up in a strange apartment while on vacation in Qatar, she probably never expected that she'd end up in jail. But that's exactly what happened after she reported a possible rape to the police according to Doha News and the BBC.

The Dutch woman was arrested on March 21 and has remained behind bars ever since, much to the outrage of many people around the world.

While her alleged attacker - an expat who states they were intimate on a consensual basis - is also behind bars, social media has expressed their disappointment that the woman is being treated like a criminal (she is facing extramarital sex and alcohol-related charges).

Laura - whose petition to be freed is running under the Twitter hashtag #freelaura - claims that she began to "feel unwell" at a party in a hotel, after consuming a drink.

She is being supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Qatar and her trial is on Monday.

Image Source: Facebook/FreeLaura
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