The Foreign Office has warned of a 10 per cent increase in reported rapes and sexual assaults against British holidaymakers last year.
The report showed a link between popular party towns and attacks – with Spain, Turkey and Greece being named as the three countries where most cases of rape and assault are reported.
The British Behaviour Abroad Report shows that the Foreign Office assisted more that 19,000 Britons last year in cases of sexual assault.
Mark Simmonds, a Foreign Office minister, said, 'I am deeply concerned to see an increase in the number of reported rape and sexual assault cases involving British people.'
'The priority for our consular staff is the safety and wellbeing of British travellers and we will continue to work, including with other governments and tour operators, to help to prevent further cases and provide all possible support for victims.'
He continued, 'This support includes explaining local procedures, accompanying people to the police station, helping them deal with local authorities and medical staff and contacting friends and family at home if that is wanted.'
The annual report also found that the number of Britons arrested abroad for drugs offences fell to its lowest level in years. A decrease of 34% since 2009.
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