THE alleged gang rape of a 12-year-old girl, by 11 men in Bolivia, is being investigated.
Only three of the suspects have been arrested so far, with police still hunting the other eight, after they forced her to drink alcohol before snatching her away.
Laz Paz, a city in Bolivia near to where the alleged sex attack happened[/caption]
The men are said to have “intercepted” the young girl at a cultural event she was at with her family and plied her with booze before raping her at a “remote spot.”
The horror attack happened around 1am on Monday in the city of Oruro, halfway between the capital La Paz and Sucre.
It lies around 3,700 metres (12,000ft) above sea level and is Bolivia’s fifth-largest city by population.
Bolivia’s state prosecution service said in an overnight statement: “The Departmental Prosecutor of Oruro, Aldo Morales Alconini, reported today that the Public Ministry is investigating an act of aggravated rape committed against an under-age girl aged 12, who was allegedly attacked by 11 individuals.
“The Prosecutor’s Office will also request at a court hearing the preventive detention of the suspects, while police continue to hunt the other individuals.
Mr Morales added: “Once we became aware of the attack, we began the corresponding investigation covering the victim’s psychological report, an identification parade and a forensic medical certificate that demonstrates the existence of the criminal act and helped to identify the first three suspects.
“We are going to continue working in a coordinated manner with the police to find the other people responsible and bring them to justice.
“The forensic report shows the girl has obvious signs of body violence and abrasions due to friction on her spine.
“We are analysing the information and assistance we are going to need from the Institute of Forensic Investigation and others with the aim of clarifying this incident so it does not go unpunished.
“We want to make sure those responsible receive a 30-year prison sentence.”
It isn’t yet clear how the girl was taken away from her family and where exactly the alleged gang rape, which prosecutors said had taken place at a “remote spot”, had occurred.