Three policemen jailed after raping prostitutes
16 September 2006, PARIS (AFP) - Three former riot police officers were sent to a French prison Friday for seven years after gang-raping prostitutes over a two-year period, judicial officials said.
16 September 2006
PARIS (AFP) - Three former riot police officers were sent to a French prison Friday for seven years after gang-raping prostitutes over a two-year period, judicial officials said.
Two of their former colleagues were acquitted and two others had their sentence suspended.
According to prosecutors, the officers used to stop the prostitutes -- many of them illegal immigrants -- for identity checks, promising to turn a blind eye to their situation in exchange for sexual favours.
The rapes were reported to the police's internal inspectorate in 2003 by an association campaigning for prostitutes' rights.
The three main suspects had been charged with aggravated collective rape and abuse of authority, while the four others were accused of complicity.
Only one of the victims, a 28-year-old Albanian woman, was present at the trial in Paris.
In an anonymous interview, one of the accused said he and his colleagues saw their dealings with the prostitutes as a "joke", and that their behaviour was tolerated in police ranks.
"Most of the time, we were under the influence of alcohol, it was a group thing. It was known and tolerated by our superiors," he said.
"We used to go there for a bit of fun... We would ask: 'How much is it for police then, what's your name, where are you from'. Maybe they didn't think we were joking, but that was our frame of mind."
Subject: German news