View Full Version : Austria: Outrage as migrant rapes soar by 133% – in just one year

Captain Pancakes
12-12-2016, 06:05 PM
The number of sexual assaults committed by migrants living in Austria rose by a staggering 133 per cent in 2016, figures obtained by The Freedom Party of Austria from the Ministry of the Interior have revealed.

Austrian interior minister Wolfgang Sobotka said the chilling increase was deeply worrying, as it was a sharp rise on last year when 39 migrants were identified as suspects.

By September, at least 91 refugees had been confirmed as suspects in sexual assaults.

The majority of suspects were originally from Afghanistan - which had an increase from 16 to 47 suspects within one year.

According to the Ministry of the Interior, a further 438 Austrians were involved in other sexual assaults.

But there were no official records on their country of origin.

National Councillor Christian Lausch, from the The Freedom Party of Austria, criticised these statistics for failing to show that “many of the 'Austrians' did in fact have an immigrant background”.

At present, about 47 per cent of the prisoners in Austrian jails are foreigners, data from Statista showed.

A member of law enforcement in Vienna's largest judicial institution, who did not want be named, said: “The number of 'real' Austrians [convicted] for rapes is negligible. There are big problems with other cultures.”

Three Afghans are among those facing the Regional Court in Vienna for allegedly preying on a student in the toilets at a train station before raping her.

In another case, an Afghan, who allegedly raped a 10-year-old girl in a swimming pool is currently under investigation.

And nine Iraqis are being investigated after they allegedly raped a German woman on New Year's Eve and took pictures of the victim during the assault.

Meanwhile, a migrant seeker who raped a 72-year-old while she was walking her dog has been convicted.

German authorities say they are also facing similar concerns over a rapid increase in rapes by migrants.

Markus Ulbig, the Saxon Minister of the Interior for the Christian Democratic Union of Germany, said that 169 sexual offences had been committed by migrants in 2016 in his state.

This was compared with only 25 similar cases the previous year in Saxony, reports German newspaper Bild.

Of the 7,579 crimes committed by migrants, most of them were theft, robbery and bodily harm.

Both Germany and Austrian law enforcement officials are on high alert to protect women.

Men who were living in Maghreb states were often repeat offenders, according to Ulbig.

He said: "Almost three quarters of all Algerian immigrants have popped up as suspects.”