There is currently a pandemonium as Italian authorities arrest a Libyan and an Egyptian over death of 26 Nigeria girls/women suspected to have been gruesomely murdered by the suspects.
According to reports, the women were found dead while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea en route Europe.
They were believed to have been murdered when their ship wrecked in the Mediterranean.
The men arrested have been named as Al Mabrouc Wisam Harar, from Libya, and Egyptian Mohamed Ali Al Bouzid.
The duo of Harar and Al Bouzid are believed to have skippered one of the boats and were identified by survivors who were among the 375 brought to Salerno by Cantabria.
The women had departed aboard a Spanish Warship.
However, the bodies of the women were brought to the southern Italian port of Salerno by the Spanish ship Cantabria on Sunday.
According to Italian sources, which has ordered its prosecutors to open investigation, the women, some as young as 14, were suspected to have been abused and killed.
The bodies were recovered by Cantabria, which works as part of the EU’s Sophia anti-trafficking operation.
In all, fifty-three people are believed to be missing and an autopsy on the bodies is being expected.
The women were reportedly travelling alongside some male counterparts but suffered most damages when the vessels sank.
Elombah.co gathered that the women were being trafficked for the sex trade, a popular trade for Nigerian women, as well as other sub-Saharan countries including Ghana, Sudan and Senegal in Italy.
Marco Rotunno, an Italy spokesman for the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), said his colleagues were at the port in Salerno when the bodies were brought in.
“It was a very tough experience,” he said. “One lady from Nigeria lost all her three children.”
He added that 90% of migrant women arrive with bruises and other signs of violence.
“It’s very rare to find a woman who hasn’t been abused, only in exceptional cases, maybe when they are travelling with their husband. But also women travelling alone with their children have been abused.”
Among the survivors are Nigerians and Senegalese sojourners.
One of the survivors, one Dora Omoruyi, a 23-year old arts student from Benin, Edo state reportedly told the Italian authorities that she desperately want to reach Italy.
“I see no future in Nigeria, there are no jobs,” she said, standing next to a group of weeping Nigerian survivors.
Besides the saved girls, another over 2,560 migrants were saved over a four days period.
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