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June 18, 2021

Press: Juvenile prostitution ring in Rome

Former Rome priest Patrizio Poggi, sentenced to five years of imprisonment for sexual assault on minors on March 8 denounced to the Italian Police a criminal group operating in prostitution with juveniles, including Romanian ones, servicing priests and Church heads from Vatican, Mediafax informs quoting the online Rome edition of ‘Corriere dela Sera’. The quoted source says the former parish priest of the San Filippo Neri Church in Rome in his deposition claims a former Italian policeman was ‘recruiting’ young men and minors in a gay club called Twink and in the area around it, in Giolitti Boulevard near the Termini Station. Apart from that, the former priest says in charge of ‘recruitment’ were also the manager of a small matrimonial agency and ‘a person who was unofficially providing book keeping services in the parish of San Filippo Neri’, where Poggi was a priest. The three had worked together before, ‘setting up a programme known by the name of «Belli e Dannati» (Handsome and Cursed)’ on the same ‘market’. Poggi describes in his deposition meetings with a sexual character taking place in churches on the outskirts of Rome with young men from Eastern Europe and claims to be able to give names of parish priests who habitually pay for ‘services rendered by minors’ sums ‘from EUR 150 to 500’ for a ‘date’. British publication The Times says the former carabineer who was driving a Fiat Panda inscribed ‘Blood Emergency’ to be able to easily park in the Twink area (slag for young gay), was selecting Romanian immigrants, some of whom were minor of age. ‘It is an explosive case (…) threatening to shake Vatican,’ British newspaper says.

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