Bodies found in the Mediterranean Sea

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Manzo , Paolo. “Migrants Landing in Salerno.” Getty Images, Getty Images, 5 Nov. 2017.

Manzo , Paolo. “Migrants Landing in Salerno.” Getty Images, Getty Images, 5 Nov. 2017.

Manzo , Paolo. “Migrants Landing in Salerno.” Getty Images, Getty Images, 5 Nov. 2017.

Giuliana Alcaraz, Reporter

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On Sunday 26 girls with an age range of 14-18 were believed to be migrants from Niger and Nigeria who were traveling to Europe. It was reported that the bodies were found near an inflatable boat where there were some survivors. The bodies were later brought to the southern Italian port of Salerno on the Spanish warship Cantabria.

Masiello, Antonio. “Rescued Migrants Disembark from the Spanish Navy Ship Cantabria in Salerno, Italy.” Getty Images, Getty Images.

The cause of death is still under investigation. As of now, it is believed that these girls were sexually abused and then murdered to cover up the offender’s actions. In an analytical perspective, it is said that there have been a total of 2,839 migrants have died on the central Mediterranean route, according to the IOM (International Organization for migration). “150,982 migrants have reached European shores, of which around 74% are Italian arrivals” as CNN reported. Most of these migrants are escaping some sort of persecution or a life of suffering in their native countries.

Fox, Kara, and Livia Borghese. “Migrants Disembark in the Harbor of Salerno, Italy on Sunday.” CNN, CNN, 8 Nov. 2017.

Lorena Ciccotti, Salerno’s head of police, said that autopsies would be carried out to investigate whether the girls had been tortured or abused. The reasoning behind their initial departure was that women are the ones allowed to be leaving the detention centers. This mostly because there is not enough money that they can get out of these women because they have been trafficked for the sex trade. Thousands have been tricked with the belief that they are getting jobs in Italy but upon their arrival, they become part of the sex trade instantly.

Manzo , Paolo. “Spanish Warship Cantabria Brought the Bodies of 26 Nigerian Women to Salerno, Italy, after They Were Found in the Mediterranean Sea.” Getty Images, Getty Images, 5 Nov. 2017.

On Monday two men Al Mabrouc Wisam Harar from Libya and  Mohamed Ali Al Bouzid from Egypt were arrested for trafficking but there has not been a direct link to this recent event. In the coming days, autopsies will be completed on the bodies to find out more about what really happened to the victims.

This has not been the only case were a large number of migrant African women traveling to Europe so there are ideas of what possibly occurred. Marco Rotunno, an Italy spokesman for the UN refugee agency, commented that about 90% of migrant women arrive with signs of abuse.

Despite the hardships along the routes thousands continue to make the voyage to Europe in hopes of a better life. This number, although less than before, is still high and this is even after the recent pact that was made between Libya and Italy to reduce the flow of migration.

Fox, Kara, and Livia Borghese. “The Spanish Vessel Calabria Arrives in the Harbor Sunday.” CNN , CNN, 8 Nov. 2017.

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