A Turkish newspaper has warned citizens not to travel to Sweden due to the high rate of rape as the row between the two countries over an age of consent court case continues.
Turkish newspaper Günes has furthered tensions between Turkey and Sweden by taking out a banner ad at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport reading, “Travel warning! Do you know that Sweden has the highest rape rate worldwide?” The message is in response to the Swedish reaction to the controversial decision of the Turkish supreme court to effectively lower the age of consent in Turkey from 15 down to only twelve years old.
— Güneş (@gunes_gazetesi) August 19, 2016
The image immediately caught the attention of Twitter users who posted under the hashtag #DontTravelToSweden.