Vietnam police probe xe om driver for raping foreign tourist

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Police in the central province of Quang Nam are investigating a case that occurred nine months ago in which a local xe om (motorbike taxi) driver allegedly raped a foreign tourist and stole her property.

According to police, the Irish 28-year-old tourist, whose name was not revealed, reported being raped by Do Van Bong, a 29-year-old xe om driver, in the ancient town of Hoi An on February 26.

The tourist and her girlfriend arrived at Hoi An at around 6 p.m. on February 25 and stayed at a hotel on Tran Phu Street.

They left the hotel one and a half hours later to tour the town. At around 4 a.m. the following day, they hailed Bong and another xe om driver named Tam at Le Loi-Tran Hung Dao crossroad to get back to the hotel.

Bong, however, did not drive the tourist to the hotel. Instead, he allegedly drove her to a motel. He reportedly forced her into a room, yelled at her and beat her up.

The tourist was reported to be too scared to scream. After raping her, Bong asked her to pay for the room but she refused to.

Bong drove the woman back to the hotel. On the way, he forced her to give him two cameras and a gold necklace to make up for the room charge.

The woman later reported the case to Hoi An City Police Department. On April 4, police arrested Bong on charges of "rape" and "robbery."

The case was later transferred to Quang Nam Province Police Department, because Hoi An police said it was serious and with foreign tourists involved.

Bong was known among xe om drivers in Hoi An as a thug, police said.

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