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.
The coffin of a young victim