Thursday, November 11, 2010


For the Colonel's lady an' Judy O'Grady
are sisters under their skins!
- Rudyard Kipling,  The Ladies

I will not judge in this strange case in the Messinese for we do not know what kind of life the young woman had had or why she felt she had so little choice.  As far as I can ascertain, she is not an immigrant who was forced into prostitution but who knows what hardships or deprivations she had endured?  This is my report for Italy Magazine today:  

A 23-year-old woman has been saved from a life of sexual slavery in Messina [Sicily] because she managed to raise the alarm on the social networking site Facebook. The details, as reported by the online Messina newspaper Tempo Stretto, are as follows:

When she was 20, the woman met a 55-year-old man known as T.O. This man threatened her and forced her into prostitution, taking €30 - 50 from her after each sexual encounter she had with clients. After a while the young woman met a 41-year-old man, known as S.A, who reportedly fell in love with her but was married with three children. When he discovered that she was working as a prostitute, he began mistreating her and took the remaining €20 that she kept after each sexual encounter. The young woman also endured violence at the hands of her clients.

When her landlord threw her out of the house where she was living, S.A introduced her to another man, a 58-year-old known as I.D.  This man offered her a room in his house and this time, the young woman thought she had met someone who would help her. However, she soon found herself a prisoner in the house. While her captor was out she managed to create a profile on Facebook and told a female Facebook contact about her situation. The contact, in turn, alerted a Facebook friend of her own, a policeman from Palermo who alerted colleagues in Messina.

The three men have been arrested.


jams o donnell said...

I hope they throw the book at these lowlifes

Lucia said...

Disgusting pigs.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Jams and Lucia, I agree.


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