Erasmus students* ‘sexually abused’ at touristic Turkish bath in Istanbul

“(Sexual) harassment here,” some protesters wrote on the wall of the hamam [Turkish bath] in Istanbul’s Karaköy neighborhood when the plaintiffs returned to the facility with police on March 6. DHA photos

Turkish police have detained four men after two French women accused them of sexual abuse at a touristic hamam** in Istanbul, Doğan News Agency reported March 7.

According to the report, the women went to the hamam in Istanbul’s Karaköy neighborhood on March 5 with their boyfriends. The four men presented themselves as traditional masseurs and took the women in a separate room for the massage session.

The French women, who have never had an hamam experience before, were later warned by their friends that what the men did in the room could be deemed as sexual abuse, instead of a traditional massage.

After urging people to join them through social media, the women went back to the hamam on March 6 for a press statement. They were accompanied by some 20 people, mostly tourists, foreign students and expats, as well as police, according to Doğan News Agency…


*Erasmus student: The Erasmus Programme (European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) is a European Union (EU) student exchange programme established in 1987. Erasmus+, or Erasmus Plus, is the new programme combining all the EU’s current schemes for education, training, youth and sport, which was started in January 2014.

*hamam: Turkish bath

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  • john s

    So they didn’t know they had been abused until someone told them?

    • If burly Turks are doing it, in the progressive circles it is considered multicultural enrichment.

      • Frau Katze

        That’s what this whole Erasmus exchange is about: learning about other cultures, and that doesn’t stop at a few ethnic eateries.

        • I find it strange that the boyfriends were excluded from the fest – normally the Turks would be much more interested in the guys.

        • Justin St.Denis

          In Turkey, things can happen in an eatery as well. Location is meaningless. Turkish perversion can be amazingly spontaneous. One could argue that the whole Turkish Bath thing is rather asking for it, especially if undertaken in Turkey itself. I’m not into blaming the victim, but when one ventures to Turkey, one should expect unexpected diversity/enrichment experiences.

          • Frau Katze

            Should I find myself in Istanbul, I’d sure stay away from “hamam”‘s. Not that I’m planning any visits.

    • Justin St.Denis

      It takes time for incredibly stupid people to realize that something happened whenever something happens. We’ve all seen variations of this before.

  • Just a thought

    “We didn’t know they weren’t aware that it was part of the tour!” – Turkish bath spokes ghoul.

  • simus1

    Stupid university students?
    Well, that’s a new one.

    Any number of (instanbul) turkish bath reviews that constantly omit words similar to “filthy shit hole” or “pervert staff” are not concerned with your welfare.

    One witty couple did an article years ago which got it about right:
    the large rats were larger on the female side but both varieties had an amazing ability to enter and exit through seemingly small breaks in the decrepit drains. She got her hair pulled by her “attendant” in the gloom who wasn’t impressed by her running commentary to her apprehensive friend who lacked a good view of the “amusing animal acts”.
    The gent had a more hands on experience from “his expert” whose weapon of choice was a small woven washcloth of indeterminate colour and cleanliness which greatly resembled coarse sandpaper when it came in contact with his skin. Which it did for an agonizingly long period of time.

  • Clausewitz

    Why would anyone willingly holiday in a Muslim nation. That right there proves these idiots are non too smart.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Brits vacation in Turkey all the time, it should be noted.

    • Frau Katze

      The Erasmus project is funded by the EU, which is happily waiting for Turkey to join them.

  • Justin St.Denis

    Turkey is an historic sh!thole which I expected to be an historic sh!thole when I travelled through there as a young man. Everything I had ever heard about Turkey I pretty much confirmed for myself in terms of the people. I saw some amazing historic sites, but I remember never feeling completely relaxed while there. Turkish men are particularly ugly, and I really loathed Turkish food as a general rule (and I am a very healthy eater!) and lost weight while travelling through there. Overall, I was glad to leave and never returned.