call for bar boycott and new hashtag against GHB
With the post-covid reopening of bars and nightclubs, GHB is currently circulating in Paris, alerting a collective for the defense of women on social networks. “Heroes Val d’Oise” even launched a hashtag #metooGHB and called for a bar boycott this Friday night.
It all started with the intoxication of a friend of one of the members of the collective. In a bar in Pigalle, on Halloween night. Just two drinks and she feels bad. His head is spinning, vomiting. It is to help the investigation that we launch a call for witnesses “, remembers Eina, member of the collective” Héroines Val d’Oise “at the microphone of France Bleu Paris.” We started from a place and from on a specific day and in fact, we received a lot of testimonials. In one week, about fifty people we had already contacted, including about thirty in the Pigalle district alone. “
Very quickly invisible in blood and urine but detectable in hair
Victims not always heard well by security guards, firefighters or the police station according to the collective. Because the rapist’s drug is pernicious, can lead people to believe in too rapid alcoholism and is difficult to detect with basic analyzes. “GHB is only detectable in urine or blood for a few hours. On the other hand, it is detectable a month later in the hair and very few people know it”, explains Taeko, another member of the association.
On social networks, the “Heroes of Val d’Oise” therefore give some advice to be believed even if, regrets Eina, it is not normally up to the victim to provide proof. “The police need to do proper investigations. There is video surveillance to understand what happened, there are testimonials from other clients, there are glasses to be taken.”
The collective also believes that it is the bar owners of their former employees. “Bartenders, security guards, bouncers must be vigilant,” asks the collective again.
“Vigilance is everyone’s business”
Of course, accepts David Zenouda, president of the night branch at UMIH Paris-Île-de-France. Moreover, the organization of the profession regularly transmits prevention campaigns to its members, explains the representative. “To run a night bar, you need training and in these training, there are modules on drugs. Of course we pay attention to the glasses of our customers, if we have to put plant pots why not , on will play the game, but it is also up to the customer to be attentive. Vigilance is everyone’s business. “