Greek police have launched a manhunt after a 25-year-old pregnant woman was raped before being kidnapped and raped by three other men whom she turned to for help.
The woman, who is three months pregnant, had traveled to the Omonia neighborhood in Athens to have her phone repaired.
She was approached by an Afghan who took her to a dark area and raped her, according to local reports.
The mother-to-be then asked three Pakistani men for help. They called a taxi and took her to an underground apartment in the nearby neighborhood of Agios Panteleimon where they gang-raped her.
Three of four Pakistani men (center) appear in court after allegedly raping a pregnant woman in Athens, Greece on Thursday, top and bottom
The woman, who is three months pregnant, had traveled to Athens’ Omonia neighborhood to have her phone repaired
Her screams were heard by neighbors who went to their balconies to yell at each other and ask what was going on. The trio, fearing the suspicions of their neighbors, let the victim go.
But she went directly to the police who later returned to the apartment to arrest three suspects, aged 19, 21 and 27. They have been charged.
However, the fourth man – who raped the woman first – is still at large.
Police have gathered DNA evidence from the victim’s underwear and clothing and hope this can help locate the assailant – as well as prove the guilt of the trio who later raped her in the apartment.
Last month, a 34-year-old Pakistani man was arrested on suspicion of trying to rape several underage girls and a 22-year-old.
In 2012, the brutal beating and rape of a young girl on the island of Paros drew widespread attention.
Manhunt has been launched after four men allegedly kidnapped and raped pregnant woman in Greece
The teenager was found unconscious with a serious head injury which resulted in permanent damage.
His attacker was later identified as Ahmed Waqas, an undocumented migrant from Pakistan, who was arrested in Athens. He was then sentenced to life imprisonment.
The case sparked a crackdown on undocumented migrants in the Greek capital, with some 4,500 police arresting 7,000 people in just 72 hours.
It has also led to a series of violent racist attacks on migrants in Greece, including the murder of a 19-year-old Iraqi in Athens by motorcycle attackers who previously allegedly targeted two foreigners who had managed to escape.
Greece has a relatively low violent crime rate for a large European country and is frequently on the lists of the safest destinations for women traveling alone.