Foreign sand sculptors probed for alleged rape of Taiwanese woman

Taipei--Two foreign sand sculptors who are visiting Taiwan for an annual exhibition in New Taipei have been banned from leaving the country for allegedly sexually assaulting a local woman, prosecutors said Saturday.

The action was taken after prosecutors questioned the two suspects and reviewed surveillance-camera footage from the venues where the incident allegedly took place, according to the Keelung District Prosecutors Office, which is investigating the case.

The victim told police that she met the two men at a reception held by the organizers of the Fulong International Sand Sculpture Art Festival in a hotel in New Taipei's Gongliao District on Thursday.

The woman said she drank a lot of alcohol during the meeting, and that after she became very drunk, the duo allegedly took her to a nearby hotel and sexually assaulted her.

She reported the case to police after she woke up naked with pain in the genitals the following day, according to the victim.

The 10th Fulong International Sand Sculpture Art Festival opened Saturday and will run through July 9.

A total of 80 sand sculptures by 22 international sculptors from 14 countries are on display.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel