Status: 27/09/2023, 05:31 a.m.
By: Robin Dittrich
Two girls were raped in the Italian problem town of Caivano. The outrage still reverberates. The victims are just ten and twelve years old.
Caivano – In the southern Italian city of Caivano, two underage girls were raped by youth gangs. Italy's Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni spoke of an "inhumane act" that now has consequences – there were nine arrests.
Nine people arrested after gang rape in Italy
The victims of the gang rape were two girls, aged ten and 12. In Italy, the region in the suburb of Caivano is considered a stronghold of organized crime. Among those arrested are seven minors and two adults, the Naples prosecutor's office announced on Tuesday (26 September). They are accused of raping the two girls and filming the crime with their mobile phones.
In a southern Italian city, two girls were raped by several people. They are only 10 and 12 years old. © R4924_italyphotopress/Imago
Investigators reconstructed how the crime could have occurred in the days after the start of the investigation. According to the report, the teenagers are said to have lured the two girls to an abandoned sports center in the notorious Parco Verde neighborhood. There it is said to have come to the rape, which the alleged perpetrators filmed. Apparently, not only a video was recorded: According to several Italian media reports, the gang rape was spread with a live video call.
The girls are said to have been raped by the groups before
According to reports, the gang rape at the end of August was not the first crime committed by the alleged perpetrators. Even before that, the two girls were apparently abused by the young people in other places. The municipality of Caivano, with just over 35,000 inhabitants, is considered a social hotspot in Italy. This area is home to the Camorra mafia organization, which is active in the Campania region.
After the gang rape in Caivano, Italy's Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni visited the southern Italian city. © ZUMA Wire/Imago
The right-wing politician Giorgia Meloni announced a crackdown on the perpetrators and appointed a special representative of the government to take care of the problems in the city. Meloni herself came under criticism after the gang rape when her partner Andrea Giambruno said on a talk show: "If you go dancing, you have every right to get drunk. But if you avoid getting drunk and losing your senses, you might also avoid getting into certain problems and encountering a wolf."
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Certain similarities can be drawn in the case of the alleged gang rape by six Germans in Mallorca, which made waves internationally in July 2023. There, too, the alleged perpetrators took up their deeds. (RD with dpa)