Warning after Tinder date rape

RISKY: Police have warned Tinder uses to be "very careful" when meeting strangers from the dating application.
Simone de Peak

RISKY: Police have warned Tinder uses to be "very careful" when meeting strangers from the dating application.

Kiwi women are being warned about dangerous liaisons via the online dating app Tinder after a series of alleged sexual assaults.

A New Zealand businesswoman, 28, was allegedly drugged and gang raped after using Tinder while on a trip to Sydney last weekend.

Australian police said the 28-year-old woman had flown to Sydney from New Zealand for business when she decided to meet up with a man she initially met through the dating app on Saturday night. Tinder users look at the profiles of others on the app, including pictures, age and location, and arrange to meet.

The woman told police she met the man at a Kings Cross restaurant before going with him to a bar in Martin Place. A group of friends of the man joined the pair soon after.

"Later on that night, the woman began to feel dizzy and numb, and lost her bearings," a New South Wales Police spokesman said.

The woman said she later found herself at a property and had no idea where she was. A number of men then sexually assaulted her.

Police say the woman was eventually able to leave the property on Sunday morning.

She confided in her work colleagues who then informed police.

After being treated at hospital on Monday, the woman gave a formal statement to police on Tuesday.

A woman in Ireland last month reported being pushed into the back of a car and raped after meeting a man via the app.

Detective Inspector Michael Haddow of NSW police said most people using dating websites and apps did so for the right reasons, but there were "a number of sexual predators" who used modern technology. "We regularly remind people, children and parents in particular, that the use of the internet by sexual predators is an issue they need to be well aware of," Haddow said.

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"All those warnings we give to children are applicable to adults."

Haddow said those meeting strangers online should think about bringing a friend along.

"It's absolutely vital that people using dating websites and apps remember that how a person portrays themselves on the internet can be very different from their real life persona," he said.

It is understood the distraught woman has flown home to New Zealand where she is being supported by friends.

The sexual assault comes two months after a man was charged with murdering a New Zealand tourist he met through Tinder on the Gold Coast in August.

Gable Tostee, 28, is accused of killing Warriena Wright, 26, who fell to her death from the 14th floor of a high-rise on August 8.

WHAT IS TINDER?

Tinder is a dating app which links people to others within a set distance from them.

Both users have to "like" each others profiles before any interaction can take place.

If they both do this then the app allows them to message each other and set up a place to meet.

 - Stuff

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