ISTANBUL – Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency says an ad has been placed at Istanbul's main airport warning against visiting Sweden due to alleged high incidences of rape.
The ad by Gunes newspaper appeared Friday and was apparently placed in retaliation to a similar news ticker at the Vienna airport last week claiming Turkey allows sex with children and a subsequent tweet by Sweden's foreign minister calling on Turkey to respect child rights. Turkey summoned diplomats from both countries in protest.
The ad in Turkish and English read: "Travel Warning! Did you know that Sweden has the highest rape rate worldwide?"
The Swedish embassy responded in a tweet, "In light of recurring misconceptions on rape statistics in Sweden" and linking to the site of their National Council for Crime Prevention.