The country of Dubai is home to one of the Middle Easts' top shopping spots. It's also a hot spot for international flight stopovers. Nearly five hundred flights per month will bring over one million people to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the next year. However, it is a country that is also under strict sharia law, something that many in America are actually considering allowing here. The story you are about to witness will not only break your heart, but will anger you. This, my friends, is how Sharia really works.

Australian Alicia Gali took a job in the UAE at Starwood, one of the world's biggest hotel chains. However, while using her laptop one day in the hotel's staff bar, her drink was spiked.

What took place next was a nightmare. She awoke to being brutally raped by three of her colleagues.

Gali was able to take herself to a local hospital. However, because of Sharia laws there in the UAE, she was seen as the criminal, not the men who raped her.

Under Sharia, if the perpetrators do not confess and there are not four Muslim male witnesses, there cannot be a conviction of rape.

Well that's one thing, but not only was she victimized by the rapists, but then she was made a criminal under Sharia. She was charged with having illicit sex outside of marriage, and then put in a filthy jail for eight months.

Hannah Ridge reports,

When Gali reported the assault, reportedly neither the Australian Embassy nor the hotel offered her assistance, an accusation the hotel denies. After seeking medical attention, she reported the assault to the police, which she did not know entailed admitting to illicit sex, a crime under United Arab Emirates law. According to UAE law, proving rape requires four adult male witnesses to the sex act who will affirm that it occurred. She also confessed to consuming alcohol, which is illegal without a license. Gali signed a confession in Arabic, which she did not understand.

She was sentenced to eleven months in prison for illicit sex and one month for alcohol consumption. Two rapists received twelve-month sentences as well, also for illicit sex; the third received thirteen months. After eight months in prison, which she described as “appalling” and a “nightmare,” she was pardoned. Her rapists were released on the same day.

After returning to Australia, Gali was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of her experience. She has now filed a lawsuit against her employer, Starwood. The suit claims, "Ms. Gali's employer failed to warn her of the risk of being drugged, raped, charged with adultery and jailed if she complained."

Now Gali tells her story to Ross Coulthart below:

Though the rape took place in June 2008, the relevance to women traveling and the real threat of Sharia here in the United States is very real. There are still ongoing legal proceedings in this case and the Australian government failed to comment on the matter except to say that they reject the claims of Gali that they attempted to help her.

According to Ross Coulthart, Starwood responded to his questions to them by stating,

"What happened in June 2008 to Alicia Gali, a former employee of Le Méridien Al Aqah hotel, was deplorable. While the hotel worked diligently on Ms. Gali's behalf, the authorities investigated and prosecuted Ms. Gali under the local laws. Additionally, the men involved were also prosecuted and each served prison terms before being deported. As for Ms. Gali's lawsuit against the hotel, we disagree with the allegations. The hotel management provided support and assistance to Ms. Gali and her family throughout that time, including assisting with medical support and the investigation, liaising with her representative Australian embassy and coordinating and arranging affairs with her family in Australia.

Starwood's repeated approaches to discuss Ms. Gali's claim with her attorneys have been ignored and declined. As this matter is part of an open on-going Starwood investigation and litigation commenced by Ms. Gali against Starwood and the Commonwealth of Australia, we cannot comment further at this time. The safety and security of our associates and guests continues to be a paramount priority."

So if there was a prosecution of the men involved, then why was there a need for throwing Mrs. Gali into a jail for eight months? Sharia law.

Remember, Dubai is where another woman, a woman in the service of the United States Navy, was attacked with a knife on a bus by an attempted rapist. Of course, she beat him senseless and was able to escape without harm.

Still think Islam is a religion of peace? Still think Sharia law is not a real threat to freedom? Think Sharia is a just law? I think not.

UPDATE: I just heard back from Ross Coulthart and there is a fund set up to help Ms. Gali with her medical bills. You can help here.

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