Wednesday, 8 November 2017

26 Young Nigerian Women Found Dead In Mediterranean Sea

On Wednesday news emerged that 26 young women's bodies were recovered at sea - most of them teenagers. Most of them were aged 14-18.

The BBC reports that Italian prosecutors are investigating these deaths and fear these Nigerian women were sexually abused and murdered as they attempted to reach Italy, from Africa, illegally.

Cantabria, a Spanish warship, brought the 26 bodies to the southern port of Salerno, alongside 375 other migrants (including pregant women and children) after multiple rescue missions.

23 of the female bodies are said to have come from one rubber boat with 64 other people.

Five migrants are being questioned over their deaths.

NPR reports that the police in Salerno believe their cause of death was drowning, meaning they, 'may have been thrown off their rubber dinghy into the water,' and have appealed to neighbouring towns to help them provide a 'dignified burial' for these Nigerian women.

Unfortunately, the Agence France Press has reported that another three [female] bodies have been discovered during other life-saving operations in the Mediterranean this week.'

Italian prosecutors are probing whether their deaths are linked to sex trafficking.

However, the AFP also reports that the Police chief believes that sex traffickers would not have placed this many women they are attempting to traffic in one dingy.

He explained: 'Loading women onto a boat is too risky, the traffickers would not do it as they could lose all their 'goods' - as they describe them - in one fell swoop.'

Source: Yahoo

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