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Italian woman, 90, on trial for running a brothel

A 90-year-old Italian woman is facing trial for the second time for allegedly running a brothel just a few metres away from the Colosseum.

Italian woman, 90, on trial for running a brothel
The brothel was found in Rome's Monti district. Photo: Moyan Brenn

The brothel was discovered in a two-storey building in the nearby Monti district of Rome, Il Messaggero reported.

Prosecutors say it operated for a number of years before being discovered in 2012, with women's services reportedly being bought for €30.

During a routine check in the street, a customer was caught walking into the brothel hand-in-hand with a “young foreigner wearing ostentatious and revealing clothes,” the newspaper said.

After further investigation, the authorities discovered a well-organized brothel, with the 90-year-old handling the money, taking appointments and supplying condoms to the girls.

The woman, named as Marisa M and originally from Bologna, was arrested for the first time in the 1990s for also running a brothel in the same area.

Aged 69 at the time, she was managing the place with two other women.

By Anna Pujol Mazzini

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Body of missing American tourist found in Rome’s River Tiber

The body of a missing 21-year-old tourist was found in the River Tiber on Thursday morning, according to media reports.

Body of missing American tourist found in Rome's River Tiber

Elijah Oliphant, from Dallas, Texas, was on holiday with his family in Rome when he went missing several days ago.

Oliphant’s parents reported his disappearance after he left his hotel room shortly after midnight on May 24th and did not return.

Hotel security footage showed him leaving the premises wearing a white undershirt and pyjama bottoms, which he was wearing when he was found.

Oliphant’s corpse was reportedly spotted by passersby near the Ponte Sisto bridge in Rome’s Trastevere district around 10am on Thursday morning. His body was positively identified by his parents.

Members of the fire brigade and river police who recovered the body say there were no obvious signs of violence, but an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Trastevere police are reportedly investigating the matter.

The Oliphant family had arrived in Rome for a holiday on May 23rd. When Elijah went missing the following day, his parents launched an urgent appeal to help find their son.

His disappearance was featured on the missing persons television show, Chi l’ha visto (‘Who’s seen them?’) on May 25th.

Several foreigners have been found drowned in the Tiber in recent years, though there are no indication that any of the incidents are linked.

In 2016, the body of 19-year-old American student Beau Solomon was recovered from the river.

Rough sleeper Massimo Galioto was charged involuntary manslaughter in the case, but was ultimately acquitted in 2020.

Prosecutors said that Galioto pushed Solomon in the course of a violent argument. Galioto’s defense team acknowledged that the two had argued but said the student had accidentally slipped.

In May 2019, 37-year-old Imen Chatbouri, a former athletics champion from Tunisia, was found dead in the Tiber after a night out. CCTV footage later showed she had been pushed from the Ponte Sisto bridge.

A then-26-year-old man whose advances she had rejected earlier that evening was convicted of her murder in November 2021.

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