A 37-year-old American business woman working in Saudi Arabia just spent a rough night in jail after Saudi religious police arrested her for sitting with male colleagues in the "family section" of a Starbucks. A managing partner in a Saudi finance company, the woman who doesn't want to divulge her whole name for fear of retribution, accompanied her male colleagues to the coffee shop to use the Wi-Fi after the electricity in their building stopped working.
While in prison, she was strip searched, threatened, and forced to sign false confessions by the Kingdom's Mutaween police. Despite the brutal treatment, the woman has decided to stay in the country and strive to defy the strict enforcement of conservative Islam.
"If I want to make a difference I have to stick around. If I leave they win. I can't just surrender to the terrorist acts of these people."
Would you be as defiant and brave after an experience like that? Does this make you want to rent, Not Without My Daughter? Do you see validity in Saudis wanting to strongly defend their religious views?