By SIMON TOMLINSON
A British teenager claims to have been gang-raped in a Spanish resort after being dragged into a car by a group of Moroccan men, it was reported today.
The 18-year-old claimed she was attacked while walking home from work late at night in Sabinillas, near Marbella.
Police are said to be investigating a group of Moroccan men in the area.
A British teenager has reported being gang-raped after being dragged into a car by a group of Moroccan men behind the Mercadona supermarket in Sabinillas (file picture of different store)
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.'
It is not clear when the attack took place or whether the suspects were migrants or tourists.
The report comes as countries across Europe have recorded a huge spike in the number of alleged sex attacks by migrants arriving from North Africa and the Middle East.
In Cologne, Germany, prosecutors say they have received 1,037 criminal complaints over the New Year's events where women were subjected to mass sex attacks by gangs of North African men.
The attacks have fuelled the debate in Germany and across Europe about the ability to cope with the huge number of migrants that have arrived over the past year.
Last month, Denmark also became one of the latest countries to warn of a surge in migrant sex attacks against women.
One Syrian man said if new arrivals 'see a girl, they go nuts... they simply can't handle it' as women in at least three Danish cities reported being harassed by asylum seekers.
In Norway, migrants are being given rape prevention classes to teach them appropriate sexual behaviour following the attacks in Cologne.
The alleged attack took place in Sabinillas, just 40km from the Spanish North African enclave of Ceuta where hundreds of migrants try to enter from Morocco in the hope of gaining asylum in Europe
Spain, itself, has fought a persistent battle to stop migrants sneaking into its North African enclave of Ceuta, which is located across the Strait of Gibraltar just 40km from Sabinillas.
Ceuta, along with Melilla to the east, are Spanish territories on the northern coast of Morocco that together form the European Union's only land borders with Africa.
Spain has fortified fences in the two territories in response to a rise in the number of migrants trying to jump over the barriers from Morocco.
Rape reported to police, or not!!!??
A spokesman for the Guardia Civil in Malaga, which covers Sabinillas and would investigate crimes in the area, 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.'
And yet, above it says the police are investigating a group of Moroccans!? Is this a case of really bad communication within the police, or could it be a denial of any such horror occurring on Spanish soil. Remember, Portugal tried to downplay Madeleine McCann's disappearance by blaming her parents. Resort areas do not like bad publicity.
A worker at the Mercadona supermarket in Sabinillas, where the gang rape is said to have taken place behind, 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.'
|Sabinillas beach, Spain|