Turkish man sentenced to 108 years in jail for sexually abusing refugee boys
ANKARA - ReutersA Turkish cleaner at a camp for Syrians fleeing the war was sentenced to 108 years of prison time on June 3 for sexually abusing boys, in a case that has highlighted the vulnerability of child refugees.
The man, who worked as a cleaner at the Nizip Camp in Gaziantep in southeast Turkey, assaulted boys aged between 8 and 12 for at least three months until the start of this year, Doğan and other media reported.
He was convicted of abusing eight Syrian boys whose families had filed complaints, the local bar association said. Local media said the families of other victims had kept quiet out of fear of deportation.
The case has caused widespread outrage in Turkey, which prides itself on its humanitarian response to the Syrian civil war, sheltering 2.7 million refugees. The camp, home to about 14,000 people, was visited by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in April.
Around a tenth of the Syrian refugees in Turkey live in camps run by the government's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority which said last month it was taking all necessary measures in light of the case.