CAIVANO, ITALY - 30 AUGUST 2023: Imma Russo, a 48-year old cleaner and mother of four, who lives in the Parco Verde social housing project in Caivano, adjacent to the girls’ homes, poses for a portrait in Caivano, Italy, on August 30th 2023.
Mrs Russo said that people in the area were on their own. “If the family doesn’t take proper care of children, nobody else will".
Two young girls were repeatedly sexually abused by a gang of their peers, all residents in the town of Caivano, on the outskirts of Naples. The violence on the two girls, cousins just 10 and 12 years old, took place over the course of many months. In this working-class town of 37,800, the two young cousins grew up in public housing in the Rione I.A.C.P. district, in what neighbors described as troubled families. They also didn’t attend school, which in Italy is compulsory until the age of 16.