Anger has erupted in Morocco after local media reported a 17-year-old girl was abducted, tortured and gang-raped by a criminal gang, whose members also forcibly tattooed her body.
More than 12,000 people had signed a petition by early today demanding the government provide the girl with urgent medical and psychological care after a video of her testimony went viral.
In the video, the girl said she was held captive for about two months and was gang raped and burned with cigarettes and tattooed across her arms, legs, neck and back.
The girl’s father said three suspects had been arrested on Saturday in connection with her abduction and that a trial was set to begin on September 6.
According to Moroccan media, police were only made aware of the girl’s plight when she was finally released by her captors.