I’ve just become aware of a petition doing the rounds with the aim of bringing attention to the plight of migrant women who are being sexually abused in German migrant camps. The petition can be seen right here.
On February 19th, women living in a refugee camp in Cologne, Germany wrote an open letter describing widespread sexual harassment and abuse at the hands of the camp’s security guards.
According to the letter, a group of nine guards regularly photograph and film women while they breastfeed, take showers, and sleep. Women and girls are afraid to go to the bathroom alone because that is where many have been raped. The letter states, “They wait in a group for the women going to the toilet on the outskirts of the camp; they intercept them, and they rape them while other people in the group watch.”
These women have escaped terror in their home countries, but instead of finding peace in Germany, they are experiencing terror of another kind. The guards allegedly keep the victims quiet about the attacks by threatening to tell their husbands or kick them out of the camp.
The Cologne police are investigating the allegations and have opened at least two cases as part of that investigation. The security company, however, says that they will use “every legal means to disprove the accusations.” We need to make sure that these women find justice, and that others don’t fall into the hands of predators.
It is horrific that these women and girls have been abused by the very men hired to protect them. If this was happening undetected right under the nose of authorities for who knows how long, who’s to say that it isn’t happening in other camps, as well?
Wow this is shocking to read. And it’s happening in Cologne no less. I guess this means that I was wrong to generalise migrant men as being far more likely to commit sexual crimes than German men. These German security guards are clearly just as likely to be guilty as…
Well this doesn’t mean anything. It doesn’t say where this security company is contracted to…
After all, her company provides security for several refugee shelters,
Again, I don’t want to jump the gun here and say that there is absolutely no possibility that these security guards actually were Germans instead of migrants. However, I do think it’s suspicious that the petition makes no reference to the ethnicities of the alleged guilty parties. The cynic in me believes that this was done on purpose because they know that most people are naturally going to picture German men guarding German refugee camps, and they want people to think this way, rather than hearing about yet another case of migrants raping women. Maybe I’m wrong, but we’ll just have to see.