The following news item concerns an, ahem, overly credulous young Canadian woman whose trusting nature allowed her to be molested by a Pakistani culture-enricher in Barcelona. You don’t have to “blame the victim” to exclaim, “What was she thinking of??” when you read this story.
By the way — I’d never heard of the Couchsurfing app before I read this article. It sounds like it’s tailor-made for would-be rapists to acquire new prey.
Pampasnasturtium, who translated the piece for us, includes these remarks:
I find it hard to believe that a 23-year-old can be so self-suppressingly stupid. I suppose the lack of exposure to potential danger inhibited her survival instinct. The minute the man opened the door and told her such tripe, she should have gone to the police (the fact that she did not even think of it is astonishing) and then booked a hotel room for herself, an affordable one could have been found on the very same day… Or a pricey one, anything better than ending up a harem plaything of such vile scum.
The translated article from El Nacional (NOTE: intimate details are included below the jump. Don’t “Read More” if you’re sensitive to such descriptions):
Accommodation for free
The dangers of ‘couchsurfing’: Female Canadian tourist sexually assaulted
by Anton Rosa
Barcelona, February 4, 2019
A female Canadian tourist who used the Couchsurfing digital platform to obtain free lodging in Barcelona was sexually assaulted by her host. The victim, 23 years old, contacted the man through the app and they agreed that the girl could sleep for some days in his flat in a single bed. When the woman arrived at the location, the attacker explained to her that they’d have to sleep together, and made use of the nighttime to fondle and abuse her. The prosecutor asks for six years and three months in prison for the accused.
The events took place last March 13, when the Canadian girl contacted Usman Yaquoob, a Pakistani citizen who was offering free accommodation via Couchsurfing. The man — who was using the nickname Danni on the platform — agreed with the tourist that she could stay in his flat for some days on a single bed while she was visiting the city. On arriving at his place, her host explained to the woman they’d have to sleep together because, in the end, the man did not have an additional place for her to sleep on. The Pakistani citizen reassured her that there would be no problem, that he was ‘homosexual’ and that it wasn’t the first time he had slept with female tourists in the same bed.
Once it was nighttime and the two of them were in bed, Yaquoob started kissing the girl and fondling her in her genital area, despite her constant reluctance and refusals. The man continued by applying lubrication to her anal area, introducing his fingers and rubbing his penis against her.
The tourist ended up stunned and frightened, as she didn’t know anybody in the city besides her attacker, did not have a place where she could seek refuge, and didn’t know what her host might be capable of.
Yaquoob will sit in front of the judge this Tuesday, accused of a type of sexual assault crime. The attorney is asking for a sentence of six years and three months in prison for the Pakistani citizen.