During a recent work layover in Los Angeles, two British flight attendants were allegedly drugged and then sexually assaulted.
The female crew members had been partying at a club and continued the celebrations in a mansion in Los Angeles when they were attacked by an unidentified assailant.
The Sun was the first to report on the crime after being approached by internal sources.
The airline for which the two cabin crew members worked was not disclosed by the publication.
The only UK-based carriers that fly regularly between London and Los Angeles are British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.
The two flight attendants are known to have been with the company for a long time. On the journey back to Britain, one of their colleagues “broke down in tears” about the incident.
“The women were working abroad and let their hair down one evening. They went to a posh club in Los Angeles and from there they went back to a mansion,” the anonymous airline source reportedly told the newspaper.
“They claim that they were drugged and sexually assaulted while they were at the mansion. It’s all very serious.”
A spokesperson for the airline that the two victims work for says it is taking the report “extremely seriously” and is providing the two crew members with “full support.” A report was made to British police via a third party and inquiries are still ongoing according to a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police.
Thankfully, violent crimes against flight attendants during layovers are extremely rare, but airline security organizations constantly educate employees about the dangers of traveling abroad.
Sexual assault victims should get medical attention as quickly as feasible and determine whether or not they want to undertake a forensic medical examination as part of a criminal inquiry.
However, taking this advise while in a strange place can be challenging, as survivors typically require time to process what has occurred to them.