Tourists hit

HONG KONG - Male tourists are being targeted by prostitutes who rob them after lacing their drinks with drugs, Hong Kong police said yesterday .

HONG KONG - Male tourists are being targeted by prostitutes who rob them after lacing their drinks with drugs, Hong Kong police said yesterday .

Police said 44 foreign men had reported being robbed this way since 2004, usually in Hong Kong's Wan Chai bar district.

However, they said the number may be higher as many incidents go unreported.

A police spokesman said they believed the culprits use "some kind of date-rape drug". In most cases, the victims are approached by sex workers in bars. Some claim to remember very little and only notice unexplained cash withdrawals from ATMs later.

Others awake disorientated in short-stay hotel rooms with valuables and cash missing. - Sapa-dpa

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