A female interpreter for a French journalist has been raped near the notorious Calais ‘Jungle’ migrant camp, the authorities confirmed. Reports have also emerged that the woman’s attackers were three Pashto-speaking Afghan male asylum seekers.
RT The incident took place when a Pashto interpreter and a freelance journalist were making a story about the ‘Jungle’ camp for France 5 TV channel on Tuesday morning, according to Pascal Marconville, prosecutor of the city of Boulogne-sur-Mer in the Pas-de-Calais region.
“A 38-year-old Afghan interpreter, based in Paris, was accompanied by a freelance journalist… who was preparing a documentary for France 5 about unaccompanied children,” Marconville said. Somewhere between 2am and 3am local time the interpreter and the journalist were approached by three Pashto-speaking men, according to the prosecutor.
The attackers were “a priori migrants” from Afghanistan, a judicial source told AFP, quoting witness accounts. The alleged asylum seekers initially wanted to steal the pair’s equipment and camera.
One of the men then reportedly pulled out a knife and forced the interpreter to have sex with him, while two others stood nearby, threatening the journalist with a knife. Once the attackers had let them go, the victims rushed to a police station in Calais to report the incident.
“The victim was examined by a doctor, who confirmed rape. Samples will… determine the genetic profile of the attacker,”Marconville said. Police have opened a manhunt for the three attackers and have begun an investigation into the case.