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Rapists and Robbers have a New Weapon

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Old July 17th 03, 09:37 AM
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Default Rapists and Robbers have a New Weapon

Sorry, Rodney, that's an 'Urban Legend'. Try a google search on that one!


rodney wrote:
An American gentleman was traveling by himself on a bus through Mexico. A nice local man sat next to him on the crowded bus. They began a friendly conversation and the local man warned the American about the thieves that prey on travelers. He warned the American to watch out for pickpockets with razor blades that will slit your pockets and take your wallet and you don't even know it. After a while on the long bus ride, he took out some homemade biscuits, took one for himself, started eating it and offered some to the American. The American took one of the biscuits and started eating it. The next thing the American remembered was waking up in a drugged state of mind on the side of the road. His money, his clothes, his luggage, everything was gone.

There are many different drugs that can be added to food or drinks that are odorless and tasteless, yet can knock you out cold. Often called "date rape drugs" these drugs are used by criminal people for drug assisted sexual assault, rape and robbery. Both women and men have been targeted. Women are often drugged and raped. Robbery of drugged women is less common. Men are most often targeted for robbery with the date rape drugs, but they too have been victims for sexual assault and rape. Sometimes the male in a couple or family will be drugged to get him out of the way so that the thugs can do what they want with the female or other family members. Some of these drugs are liquid and can be carried in an eyedropper container. They are quickly and easily be squirted into your drink when you are not watching your drink.

When you are out on the town or even at the hotel cabana, never leave your beverage unattended, and never take drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) from strangers. Since Rohypnol and GHB, two of the most common "date rape" drugs, are odorless, and often colorless and tasteless, they can get slipped into drinks easily and go unnoticed. Only accept drinks from bartenders or waiters, and try to watch them pouring. At parties, pour your own. And remember, it is not just drinks that you have to watch out for as the American gentleman learned the hard way. Watch out for drugs in food products as well.

A great way to test for these date rape drugs is with Drink Safe test strips available at www.collegesafe.com .

More travel safety tips can be found at www.mytravelsafety.com .

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