THE separate gang rapes of two under age girls have shocked Andalucia.
In total, 13 youths have been arrested in the two separate incidents – which took place just four days apart.
In the first attack in Baena, Cordoba, a 13-year-old girl was reportedly raped in broad daylight by a group of six youths.
The sickening offence took place behind some unused sports facilities, close to the municipal swimming pool.
The victim’s father revealed that she was lured to the pool, where the gang were waiting. She had previously dated one of the youths.
He showed her explicit footage of the pair having sex on his mobile phone before threatening to show her parents if she refused to cooperate with them.
Of the six arrested, two have subsequently been released. One was too young to be charged and the other was reported to have psychiatric problems.
“Dragged her to an empty corner of the beach before committing the sexual offence”.
The rest have been sent to a centre for juvenile offenders, while the eldest – a 22-year-old man – has been jailed.
Only days later, seven youngsters – aged between 12 and 15 – were arrested in Punta Umbria, Huelva, for the alleged rape of a 12-year-old.
They purportedly dragged her to an empty corner of the beach before committing the sexual offence.
Police confirmed that the attack happened at 2am on Saturday morning when the Virgin del Carmen celebration was in full swing.
The victim confessed her horrific ordeal to her mother before going to the Guardia Civil station to file an official denuncia.
She was immediately taken to the Infanta Elena hospital where a medical examination was undertaken.
Of those arrested, two, once again, were released for being underage.
The other five are aged between 14 and 15 years-old and all those involved in the sexual assault have now been identified.
The subsequent release of the under age youths has reopened the debate regarding the effectiveness of the law that protects minors involved in crimes.
Conservative PP leader Mariano Rajoy has announced he will attempt to repeal the law.
Meanwhile, the Justice Council of Andalucia insists they are ‘exceptional’ crimes and that it is more important to focus on prevention methods and the reinforcement of values both within the family and at school.