British tourist claims she was raped by her taxi driver In the municipality of Heraklion on the Greek island of Crete

British tourist claims she was raped by her taxi driver In the municipality of Heraklion on the Greek island of Crete

In the municipality of Heraklion on the Greek island of Crete, a British tourist claims she was raped by her taxi driver.

The 43-year-old woman said she was abused by the driver after he took her up from a bar in the early hours of May 31 in the tourist town of Hersonissos.
Instead of delivering her to her hotel, the woman said that the driver drove her to a remote location and raped her inside the vehicle.

Last Monday, Hersonissos police detained a 28-year-old male based on information provided by the victim, but no further details were released.

The 43-year-old was brought to a local hospital for a medical evaluation, while prosecutors interviewed her alleged attacker.

According to Greek news outlet Protothema, the man was released on Friday pending further inquiry after vehemently denying the allegations of rape and claiming the sex was consensual.

The British Embassy in Greece has been contacted for comment by MailOnline.

It comes just weeks after another British tourist was allegedly raped by a hotel employee in Corfu.
According to a police source, a British mother informed police in Corfu last month that she awoke after a night out to discover a hotel staff on top of her.

Police apprehended a 40-year-old guy who rejected the allegations and said the sex was consensual.

The woman proceeded to a police station in the north of the Greek island to report the incident and later identified the hotel worker who had been brought in by police officials as her accused attacker.

According to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), at least 74 British people were raped or sexually assaulted in Greece alone between 2016 and 2018.

In April, Matthew Lodge, the UK’s ambassador to Greece and a former Royal Marine, approved new funding to assist Greek officials to receive training from British police on how to deal with and prevent major sexual assault cases.

The training are being funded by the FCDO in order to improve the help provided to British nationals reporting gender-based violence in Greece.

Athens-based ‘The readiness of authorities across Greece to engage with the British Embassy on this matter makes us optimistic for the future,’ Matthew told the Liverpool Echo in April. All of this effort should make British tourists and ex-pats in Greece feel safer and more supported.’

‘We are determined to do everything we can to aid survivors of rape and sexual assaults by presenting the survivor-focused approach employed in the UK,’ Matthew, a 53-year-old father of two, added.

‘A Greek team, consisting of a deputy prosecutor, four police officers, and two psychiatrists, recently visited Scotland to learn how gender-based violence is dealt with.’ People should be glad that the Greek authorities are drawing on the UK’s knowledge to help shape how they handle similar issues in the future.’