The girl was attacked multiple times inside the homes of the men
Members of a migrant grooming gang have been arrested in Finland after repeatedly raping a ten-year-old girl, according to local media reports.
Suspects of the gang, comprised of migrants and asylum seekers aged between 20 to 40 years old, allegedly groomed their victim on social media before carrying out the horrific assault in her home city of Oulu.
The girl was attacked multiple times inside the homes of the men, who came to Finland as migrants or refugees.
“For young people, meeting a foreign-heritage man can happen spontaneously, for example during a party,” Markus Kiiskinen of Oulu Police told Ilta-Sanomat.
“Someone could offer them something ‘nice,’ like tobacco or alcohol, which can start a nasty chain of events.”
The officer stated that the suspects all knew each other and that the victim is not related to any of them.
The case has outraged Finland so much that police were forced to publish a warning to youngsters about being communicated to by “foreign men” on social media platforms.
“The police is urging young girls and parents to be vigilant on social media,” police said.
“Recently, in the Oulu region, there have been incidents where foreign-born, often non-Finnish men have contacted minors online.”
“At worst, their contacts have led to serious sexual offenses,” the statement reads, urging that parents “need to be aware of whom their children spend time with both on and offline.”
Juha Sipilä, Finland’s PM, called the case “inhumane.”
He tweeted: “A sexual offense against a child is an inhumane act, and its wickedness cannot be comprehended.”
According to The Helsinki Times, the minister of Interior Kai Mykkanen referred to the case on Monday, saying: “Things like these should not be happening in Finland.”
President Sauli Niinistö described the crimes “evil” in an interview.