Six Germans arrested for gang rape in a hotel in Palma

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PALMA – Spain’s national police arrested five young German tourists on Thursday for their alleged involvement in the gang rape of a fellow young woman in a hotel room in Playa de Palma.

The area is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Balearic Islands, especially for young people. Shortly afterwards, a sixth German was also arrested. According to sources, the last detainee had consensual sex with the young woman. However, the situation took a sinister turn when his five friends entered the room. Reportedly, some of them committed rapes, while others were complicit in this alleged assault.

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The five tourists are now charged with assault and are likely to be brought to court on Saturday. The gang rape is currently being investigated by the Units for Family and Women’s Care (UFAM) of the Spanish National Police. They cannot provide further details at this stage due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, they said.

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