Sex attack warning for Britons in Turkey: 51 reports of assaults including rape were reported to the UK Consulate in 2022 with minors targeted in toilets and victims attacked at night in tourist locations
- The UK Foreign Office has updated travel advice for anyone traveling to Turkey
- There were 51 reports of sexual assaults in 2022, many of them in tourist areas
- Turkey has become an increasingly popular holiday destination for many Britons
The UK Foreign Office has warned anyone traveling to Turkey to remain vigilant after more than 50 cases of sexual assault were reported to the British consulate last year.
Advice for holidaymakers said crime was generally low in the country, but Britons should remain aware of pickpocketing and street robbery, as well as cases of sexual assault reported in the past year.
The Foreign Office said 51 cases of sexual assault, including rape, were reported to the British consulate in Turkey in 2022.
The updated travel advice comes after news broke that the country has become an increasingly popular holiday destination for Britons, with more than three million visitors last year.
An aerial view of Blue Lagoon in Oludeniz, Turkey. Some 3.3 million Britons traveled to the country last year
Most of the reported sexual assault cases occurred over the summer, the Foreign Office said.
They added that these were largely around coastal tourist and resort areas.
The Foreign Office also warned that many sexual assaults were committed at night by someone the victim interacted with during the day.
“You should be extremely vigilant in these situations,” the Foreign Office statement said.
‘Never accept lifts from strangers. Find a licensed yellow cab and write down its license plate number before getting in.
“If you have any concerns, seek advice from your tour operator or the Turkish authorities.”
According to the Foreign Office, some 3.3 million British passport holders visited Turkey in 2022. It has proven an increasingly popular destination for Britons, up from 2.9 million in 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic.
Visitor numbers are also expected to increase this year as demand forces airlines to extend their flight schedules over the summer.
The updated travel advice comes after news broke that the country has become an increasingly popular holiday destination for Britons. Pictured: Sarsala Bay in Dalaman, Turkey.
Cheaper prices due to the fall of the Turkish lira against the pound have largely been attributed to the country’s popularity with holidaymakers.
The Foreign Ministry has also warned against theft during holidays in Turkey.
Although they said crime levels are generally low, street theft and pickpocketing are common in the main tourist areas around Istanbul.
“You must maintain at least the same level of personal security awareness as in the UK. Alcohol and drugs can make you less alert, less in control, and less aware of your surroundings.
The alcohol served in bars abroad is often stronger than in the UK, they warned, and Britons should be aware of their limit.