Salerno, Italy

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Mi­grant girls found dead: Po­lice in the Ital­ian port city of Salerno launched a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion this week after the bodies of 26 teenage girls—ages 14 to 18—were re­cov­ered from the Mediter­ranean Sea. Twenty three girls, be­lieved to be mi­grants from Nige­ria and Niger, were found float­ing next to a par­tially sunken rub­ber boat; an­other three were found dur­ing an­other res­cue op­er­a­tion. Ital­ian of­fi­cials are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the teenagers, who were mak­ing the per­ilous sea cross­ing from Libya to Europe, were sex­u­ally as­saulted or tor­tured be­fore their death. Two men have been ar­rested so far. “It is very likely that th­ese girls were, in fact, vic­tims of traf­fick­ing for sex­ual ex­ploita­tion,” said Fed­erico Soda, a di­rec­tor of the In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Mi­gra­tion.

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