StopTopps Home Secretary GHB date rape

Stoptopps supports Home Secretary Priti Patel with urgent plea for the control of ‘date-rape’ drugs like GHB to be reconsidered

Stoptopps are encouraged to hear that Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has called for a review of the laws around the drug GHB after prosecutors said it was used by Reynhard Sinaga, an ‘evil sexual predator’, who has been jailed for life for 136 rapes.

A man convicted of 159 sex offences, including 136 rapes, will “never be safe to be released”, a judge has said.

Reynhard Sinaga was found guilty of luring 48 men from outside Manchester clubs to his flat, where he drugged and assaulted them – filming the attacks.

Police say they have evidence Sinaga, 36, who is being named for the first time, targeted at least 190 victims.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Sinaga was “the most prolific rapist in British legal history”.

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Police said Sinaga spiked defenceless victims with sedatives, believed to be a GHB-laced shot, to render them unconscious – then filmed himself raping them, in many cases repeatedly for hours on end.

Ms Patel called for a review of whether controls of drugs such as GHB, which is currently class C, are “tough enough”.

Ms Patel, Home Secretary, said:

“Sinaga committed truly sickening crimes and it is right that he has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

“I extend my heartfelt sympathy to his victims and my gratitude to the police and prosecutors who worked on this case and put him behind bars.

“I’m deeply concerned by the use of illegal drugs like GHB to perpetrate these crimes and have asked the independent Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs to expedite a review looking at whether our controls for these drugs are tough enough.”

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Here at StopTopps, we welcome the Home Secretary’s call for a review of the laws around the drug GHB.

Of the 2,700 gay and bisexual men who have used [GHB] that responded to a survey conducted by BuzzFeed News and Channel 4 Dispatches last year, 28% said they had been assaulted.

Patrick Strudwick, BuzzFeed News’ LGBT editor and presenter of the Channel 4 documentary Sex, Drugs and Murder, calls [GHB] “a rapist’s weapon of choice in 2020”.

“Because… it can be slipped into someone’s drink without them knowing and because it can very easily lead to unconsciousness, it is therefore ripe for use by predators,” he says.

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Responding to this news, Dawn Dines, Founder of StopTopps, comments:

“Sinaga’s story is a disturbing one, and while he is a prolific example, he is far from the only sexual predator to use drugs like GHB to render his victims helpless before committing such vile acts. 

“GHB is currently a class C drug – but this is not enough. 

“Not only is it potentially lethal (even the smallest of miscalculations can result in a coma and/or death), but too often is it used to incapacitate victims and facilitate crimes like rape, sexual assault and robbery. 

“Members of the public found with GHB (or similar substances) should be subject to far harsher sentencing, for the safety of everyone. 

“Here at StopTopps, we welcome the news that Home Secretary has called for a review of the laws around GHB. We look forward to receiving an update on this matter.”

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