Scandinavian tourist denounces being raped by brichero in Huaraz; case under investigation

The following information is highly delicate, however it requires the full attention of travelers and females in particular who plan visiting the city of Huaraz. In the last week of August, a frightened Scandinavian tourist went to the tourist police to denounce having been drugged and later raped by a Peruvian man working in the tourism sector. The case is under investigation by the District Attorney who has started a preliminary investigation that will last 120 days.

In the past, this newspaper has informed its audience about the existence of bricheros and bricheras in our city (as they do exist in all popular places in Peru such as Lima, Cusco, Arequipa, Huanchaco, Máncora, etc.), and this article led to a boycott of The Huaraz Telegraph at one particular hostel and a popular local café. No one can, however, deny the existence of these so called bricheros and their wrongdoing to tourism in general. Regrettably, this highly delicate case concerns a brichero (whose name we cannot mention due to legal reasons) who, as mentioned before, additionally works as a guide in the city of Huaraz.

Due to the preliminary investigation by the Public Ministry we cannot reveal more details at the moment as we would in no manner want to jeopardise the case, however, it´s worth mentioning that a quick survey among tourism entrepreneurs about the individual allegedly involved in this rape case revealed that no one was surprised at all. According to information obtained by The Huaraz Telegraph, this individual is frequently seen on the streets accompanied (voluntarily or not) by almost exclusively female foreign tourists. Others informed us that this individual appears to hang out at a popular local gringo café where he apparently finds his customers and is also employed at a popular local hostel. Shockingly, we were also informed that this is most likely not the first case of rape this person is involved in but that previous claims were most likely never brought to justice. Interestingly, the suspect was qualified as brichero by the tourist police in Huaraz when we asked about him.

The Huaraz Telegraph has also been informed about various cases of sexual harassment on solo female travelers at different local hostels and during organised treks and expeditions in the Cordillera Blanca. Details about some of these cases published by the victims can be found on sites such as TripAdvisor and Booking.

Finally, The Huaraz Telegraph also found out that a small group of people working in tourism have set up an initiative to get the suspect off the streets and out of the tourist industry where he has easy access to foreign women and to encourage travelers and past visitors of our city to report cases of sexual harassment or worse. We will inform our followers about that in the near future.

In the meanwhile, remember to always buy treks and tours at reputable agencies (ask for a detailed receipt) and double-check their reputation on forums on the Internet. Never ever buy tours at hostels (unless they have their own travel agency onsite), cafés, bus stations or on the streets in Huaraz, in order to avoid problems. And if you are a solo female traveler do not go out in town or in the mountains with strangers, even if they show you recommendations from other travelers trying to gain your trust. Make sure to stay at reputable hostels, never trust people lurking at the bus stations offering you accommodation or tours.

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