Italy: Danish Tourist Allegedly Raped By Migrant Street Vendor With Three Prior Rape Allegations


A 37-year-old migrant street vendor with a history of sex assault accusations was arrested in the Italian city of Rimini earlier this week after being accused of raping a 26-year-old Danish tourist.

The migrant, who comes originally from Bangladesh, was taken into custody after being accused of raping the Danish woman last Sunday at a seaside resort in the eastern Italian city, Il Messaggero reports.

The rape is not the first time the street vendor, who sells roses, has been accused of violent sexual assault, with investigators saying he has been reported for three other rapes, including one involving a minor.

Late on Sunday night, the Danish woman was said to have been with her boyfriend and had gone off on her own after getting in some sort of dispute with him. At around 5:30 a.m. she was approached by the Bangladeshi who investigators say paid the woman several sexual compliments before attacking her.

The Danish woman screamed as she was being assaulted which led to the migrant fleeing the scene but not before he was seen by a customer of a bar in the area who helped police identify the man, leading to his arrest.

The incident in Rimini comes after several other cases of rapes by migrants in Rimini and elsewhere Italy, with one case last year seeing a group of North African migrants rape an eleven-year-old girl in broad daylight on a train in Milan.

Earlier this year, another case saw a pair of Pakistani migrants dragging a young Italian boy into an alley by a train station in Brindisi and raping him.

Migrant crime has dramatically increased in Italy over the last several years to the point that a recent report from the country’s Interior Ministry revealed that nearly one in three criminal suspects comes from migrant backgrounds. Since last year, the number of migrant sex attack suspects has increased by 5.7 percent.

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