• Italy edition
 
Parents forced daughter into sex with 80-year-old
Up to 11,000 children are forced into prostitution in Italy. File photo.

Parents forced daughter into sex with 80-year-old

Published: 22 Nov 2013 12:43 GMT+01:00
Updated: 22 Nov 2013 12:43 GMT+01:00

A couple from Enna, a town in central Sicily, forced their 15-year-old daughter to have sex with an 80-year-old man in a bid to overcome their money problems.

The pair are now on trial in Sicily after setting up sexual encounters between the girl and their former employer in exchange for “a few hundred euros” at least twice a month, ArticoloTre reported. The court in the nearby town of Caltanissetta heard that the couple had "severe financial problems".

The girl fell pregnant and gave birth to a son, fathered by the 80-year-old, in 2008. The case later came to the attention of the social services, which conducted an investigation, including a DNA test proving the elderly man was the child’s father.

A report by the Italian unit of Ecpat, the international child protection agency, earlier this month found that up to 11,000 children are forced into prostitution in Italy.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

The financial crisis is partly to blame, with an increasing number of women, faced with unemployment, turning to sex work, both on the street and online.

A woman and her daughter, from Rimini, reportedly became prostitutes in a bid to support their struggling family.

Meanwhile, five people were arrested in Rome in late October in connection with a prostitution ring that involved two girls aged 14 and 15. The mother of one of the girl's was also arrested for pimping her daughter. 

Don't miss a story about Italy - Join us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Local (news@thelocal.it)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Rome braces itself for thousands of pilgrims
Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be made saints on Sunday. Photos: Wikipedia and AFP

Rome braces itself for thousands of pilgrims

Rome is getting ready for hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and dozens of foreign delegations visiting the Vatican on Sunday for an historic event - the double canonisation of popes John Paul II and John XXIII. READ () »

Jew-saving priest 'blessed' for WW2 efforts
Giuseppe Girotti died in Dachau concentration camp in 1945. Priest photo: Shutterstock

Jew-saving priest 'blessed' for WW2 efforts

An Italian priest who died in a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War, after being condemned for helping Jews, is set to be beatified by the Vatican and could become a saint. READ () »

Escaped serial killer sent back to Italy
Serial killer Bartolomeo Gagliano is now back in Italy after escaping from prison in December. Photo: Valerie Hache/AFP

Escaped serial killer sent back to Italy

Serial killer Bartolomeo Gagliano, who escaped from prison in the northern Italian city of Genoa in December after being granted leave to visit his mother, has been sent back to Italy from France. READ () »

Only Greece tops Italy for debt: EU
The Italian government recent cut its 2014 growth forecast to 0.8 percent. Photo: money pictures/Flickr

Only Greece tops Italy for debt: EU

The Italian government's debt-to-GDP ratio hit 132.6 percent in 2013, the second-highest in the EU after Greece, figures released on Wednesday showed. READ () »

Italian doctor sued for 'refusing Easter visit'
Doctor photo: Shutterstock

Italian doctor sued for 'refusing Easter visit'

A doctor in Locorotondo, a town in the southern Italian province of Bari, who took a call from the son of a bedridden patient urgently requiring a tracheostomy tube change at home, is being sued for allegedly failing to assist the woman. READ () »

Italy to declassify Bologna bomb files
A total of 85 people were killed in the 1980 Bologna Massacre. Photo: AFP

Italy to declassify Bologna bomb files

The Italian government will declassify secret documents relating to terrorist attacks in the country during the 1970s and 1980s, including the deadly Bologna train station bombing. READ () »

12-year-old girl saves dad from suicide
The man, from Lecce in Puglia, was said to be having problems at work. Photo: Patrick Nouhailler/Wikipedia

12-year-old girl saves dad from suicide

A 12-year-old girl from Lecce in the southern Italian region of Puglia saved her father from suicide after reading a "desperate" text message from him. READ () »

Italian hospital botched paternity test
Paternity test photo: Shutterstock

Italian hospital botched paternity test

An appeal court in Milan has ordered a hospital in Como to pay €50,000 for the “psychological damage” inflicted on a 14-year-old boy after his ‘father’ abandoned him over a botched paternity test. READ () »

Hanged man found in school with wrists tied
The school was closed for the Easter holidays when the man's body was found. School photo: Shutterstock

Hanged man found in school with wrists tied

The body of a man has been found in a school in Naples, hanging from a stairwell with his wrists tied behind his back, in what police believe to be a suicide. READ () »

The Local List
Top ten English words adopted by Italians
Italians have largely shunned "fine settimana" in favour of the English-language "weekend". Weekend photo: Shutterstock

Top ten English words adopted by Italians

English-speakers have for years adopted Italian words, including everything from "diva" to "mafia", but now the linguistic tables have turned. The Local takes a look at some of the most common - and most unexpected - English words creeping into the Italian language. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
National
Top ten English words adopted by Italians
National
Singing nun strikes again with 80s classic
Health
Italy embryo mix-up: real parents identified
National
Italian priest hits boy on scooter and flees
National
Outcry as Italy auctions off 'haunted island'
Culture
Rome street artist paints New York
Gallery
10 words you didn't know came from Italy
International
'The mafia has infiltrated every sector in Germany'
Features
'I want everyone to care about Italian history'
Italian Of The Week
The island carpenter with the Pope's blessing
National
Top 10: dream jobs in Italy for expats
National
Becoming a saint in five not-so-easy steps
Advertisement:
Health
Italian woman dies after taking abortion drug
Culture
Italy's looted treasures found in Rome 'museum'
Opinion
Why Italy might not exist in five years
Italian Of The Week
The world's fastest man on skis
National
Sheikh seeks woman in Italy for shopping blitz
National
British royals give Pope whisky and eggs
National
Top 10: Quirky Italian royalty facts
National
How to park like an Italian
National
Unique stucco homes up for grabs down south
Politics
Italy sells officials' luxury cars on eBay
National
VIDEO: American football team goes gay for a day
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

420
jobs available