11/4/16, "Seven arrested at refugee homes over alleged gang rape," AFP, via The Local, Germany
"Police arrested seven asylum seekers in raids on refugee
shelters on Thursday on suspicion the men repeatedly raped an Iranian
teenager and filmed the sexual assault."
"More than 30 police joined the raids on ten rooms in several
accommodation facilities in the towns of Nagold and Wildberg in the
southwestern state of Baden-Wurttemberg, said police.
"The Afghan asylum seekers are suspected of having raped a 17-year-old
Iranian asylum seeker several times and of having filmed the acts,"
police and prosecutors said in a brief joint statement.
Germany took in almost 900,000 asylum seekers last year - about half
from conflict-torn Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan - and put them up in
shelters countrywide, including hostels, shops, sports gyms and army
Tensions have at times flared in the often overcrowded facilities,
where refugees typically have little space or privacy and face the
frustration of months-long waits to have their cases heard.
While some shelters have seen mass brawls between members of different
national, ethnic and religious groups, in others women and children have
faced a heightened threat of sexual abuse, say aid workers.
Police though have not explained the background to the rape or how the suspects knew the teenager."