A British teenager has alleged that she was gang-raped in a Spanish resort. The 18-year-old claimed she was attacked while walking home from work late at night in Sabinillas, near Marbella.
She told police she was dragged into a car by a group of Moroccan men. A friend of the victim told The Olive Press: "She is absolutely devastated. I hope the police catch these men and they get what they deserve. They are the lowest of the low."
A worker at the Mercadona supermarket in Sabinillas, where the attack is said to have taken place, added: "The Guardia Civil station is right near us and I'd expect to have seen officers in here making inquiries if there'd been an incident like this. But no-one's been in.
"The only reason I know about this is because a customer came in this morning saying he'd read something in the paper. It doesn't mean it's not true but I haven't heard anything. I remember an English girl was raped a while back. But that was supposedly down on the beach near Puerto de La Duquesa and it must have been about two years ago now."
According to Mail Online, a spokesman for the Guardia Civil in Malaga, which covers Sabinillas, said: "We are aware of a local newspaper article reporting the gang rape, but are not aware of any such incident taking place recently. I have made check calls to investigators but am drawing a blank."
It is not clear whether the suspects were migrants or tourists. There has been an alarming increase in the number of alleged sex attacks by migrants arriving from North Africa and the Middle East. In Cologne, Germany, prosecutors received 1,037 criminal complaints over New Year's where women were subjected to mass sex attacks by gangs of North African men, prompting condemnation of Chancellor Angela Merkel's open door policy towards refugees.
Last month, Denmark also warned of a spike in migrant sex attacks against women in the midst of the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. At least three Danish citizens reported being harassed by asylum seekers. One Syrian man said if new arrivals 'see a girl, they go nuts... they simply can't handle it'.
On New Year's Eve a number of women complained about being assaulted by Afghan youths in the Swedish city of Malmö. Police in Finland also revealed they had learned of plans by migrants to sexually assault women in Helsinki. Similar incidents have been reported in Austria and Switzerland.
In Norway, migrants are being given rape prevention classes to teach them appropriate sexual behaviour following the attacks in Cologne. Syrian refugees have taken to the streets of Cologne and to social media to condemn the mass sexual assaults in the city on New Year's Eve and to thank the German people for taking them in.