Published: Wed, November 08, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

26 teenage girls found dead at sea

26 teenage girls found dead at sea

Spanish warship Cantabria brought the bodies of 26 Nigerian women to Salerno, Italy, after they were found in the Mediterranean Sea.

"They were on a dinghy that was also carrying men", he told reporters who asked whether the women were on a sex-trafficking boat.

Migrants wait to disembark from the Spanish ship "Cantabria" in the harbour of Salerno, Italy. Their bodies were discovered close to rubber dinghy with the survivors hanging onto the remains some of the dead, in a bid to stay afloat and alive. Of the 400 people rescued and brought overseas Spanish vessel, Cantabria, 90 women and 52 minors, including a week-old-baby were saved.

A top Salerno official, Salvatore Malfi, called the discovery a tragedy and said police will "need to see whether there are suspects to concentrate on or whether the murder inquiry will proceed against persons unknown", according to Agence France-Presse. Sub-Saharan Africans wishing to flee poverty or war have taken advantage of Libya's power vacuum.

The route used by these women has become a death trap for people escaping their home countries, due to the torture they experience before reaching the water and the high fatality rate once en route to Italy. Authorities are also looking for signs of violence against the deceased women, according to the report. A total number of 2,839 have died so far this year along all primary Mediterranean routes.

There were three other rescue operations carried out in the Mediterranean over the weekend.

Since 2014, more than 400,000 migrants and refugees have crossed the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy.

In the year to 1 November, 150,982 migrants arrived in southern Europe by boat from North Africa, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports. "But also women traveling alone with their children have been abused".

That's a smaller number than the same area saw in the same period a year ago, where 159,467 migrants arrived in Italy and 3,615 people died on the route, according to the IOM.

Salerno police flawless Salvatore Malfi said that women "suffered the worst" of all who were aboard the ships.

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