A Irish woman living in Gran Canaria was gang-raped by four North African migrants after she stopped to express concern for their plight, it has been reported.
Local papers said that the woman was 36-years old and had lived on the island for several years with her family. She was walking through the Agua La Perra park in the town of Mogan on the Spanish holiday island when she came across the men who had set up camp after arriving on the island by boat.
The woman stopped to talk to the men about their situation and was then allegedly attacked gang-raped. Okdiario reports that the woman’s goodwill was met with an act of “violent aggression” within minutes.
After the alleged rape, the woman says was abandoned by her attackers and she eventually made her way to a clinic where she sought help. She was examined by a doctor who compiled a report detailing her injuries.
Four suspects, believed to be from the Maghreb region of North Africa, have been arrested over the alleged attack on the 36-year-old. At least one of the suspects had already been arrested for crimes but was released.
The four men are each expected to be charged with one count of rape and three of helping the other members of the group allegedly rape their victim.
Gran Canaria is one of Spain’s Canary Islands, off northwestern Africa, and is a popular destination for both holidaymakers and sunseekers.
The number of undocumented migrants arriving in the Canary Islands was at least eight times higher in 2020 than in the previous year, Reuters reported in January.