An Afghan asylum seeker has gone on trial accused of raping four-year-old Iraqi boy in a German asylum centre.
The 22-year-old was allegedly discovered in a toilet cubicle by the child’s father after he noticed his son’s shoes outside alongside an adult’s pair.
When he knocked and opened the door, he discovered his son’s trousers down, but the defendant said he was just helping the boy go to the toilet, an explanation the father initially believed.
However, the Holsteinischer Courier reports the boy later revealed to his mother that he had been forced to perform oral sex on the man, which a DNA test later confirmed.
The man is in court alongside a 29-year-old alleged accomplice, who is accused of “keeping watch” and of threatening the boy’s eight-year-old brother with a knife when he tried to intervene.
The incident allegedly happened in a migrant camp in the town of Boostedt in Schleswig-Holsten, north Germany, and is the latest in a long string of sexual assaults and violence in migrant camps across Germany and beyond.
Breitbart London reported in April how the problem had become so widespread that the German government is now spending 200 million euros to segregate women and children from male migrants.
The Ministry of Families, Seniors, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) made the money available to fund projects designed to reduce the number of cases of sexual abuse, saying they would look at remodelling migrant homes to provide safe spaces with extra security for women and children.
“Unfortunately we know that children and women in the camps are not safe from abuse and sexual assault,” said junior minister Ralph Kleindiekat, adding the government was considering “not only measures regarding staff, but also structural measures need to be implemented such as lockable accommodation units and separate sanitary facilities.”
The government’s Abuse Commission, Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig had previously stated that abuse had become so rampant that “sexual assaults happen in all the refugee camps in Germany”.