Europe is Falling: Migrant Sex Crimes in Germany Skyrocket in One Year

June 24, 2017

Frantically calling for police, a man listened helplessly as the dispatcher hung up on cries for help – as a criminal, brandishing a machete, raped his girlfriend. After the third call, the dispatcher sent the police, who arrived 20 minutes later, but it was too late.

This scene is becoming disturbingly more common in Germany, where law enforcement is hesitant to enforce laws on migrant criminals. Women and children at risk of sexual abuse receive less and less protection from an indifferent German government and the risk is rising — a report from the German police revealed that sex crimes committed by migrants in 2016 doubled in frequency from the previous year.

Massive influx of migrants into Germany leaving the most vulnerable defenseless 

Germany has historically been a crossroads in Europe, standing between Russia and the East against France and the UK in the West. Berlin marked the farthest westward expansion Russia ever achieved via the Soviet Union. This Russian expansionism created an actual dividing line between the East and West.

So when one of the largest modern migrations of refugees began pouring out of Middle East into Eastern Europe, it was inevitable that Germany would feel the brunt. What is astonishing, however, is how weak German authorities have been on policing criminals in the midst of the migration.

An annual report on the sex crimes published by German police uncovered a 500% increase in sexual offenses (sexual assaults, rape, and abuse of men, women,  and children) over the last five years:

The report showed that migrants (Zuwanderer, defined as asylum seekers, refugees and illegal immigrants) committed 3,404 sex crimes in 2016 — around nine per day. This was a 102% increase over 2015, when migrants committed 1,683 sex crimes — around five per day. By comparison, migrants committed 949 sex crimes in 2014, around three per day; and 599 sex crimes in 2013, around two per day.

According to the report, the main offenders in 2016 were from: Syria (up 318.7% from 2015); Afghanistan (up 259.3%); Iraq (up 222.7%); Pakistan (up 70.3%); Iran (up 329.7%); Algeria (up 100%); and Morocco (up 115.7%).

These crimes are committed against both migrants and German citizens. The most vulnerable are those fleeing the gas and bombs of Syria only to find themselves dealing with predators in Germany.

German citizens are now caught in the middle of those fleeing and the predators.

The lax legal system means residents and migrants have to fend for themselves 

The problem starts with Germany’s lax legal system, which barely punishes sexual assaults, trafficking, or abuse. Many sex traffickers hardly face any jail time. As a result, they are allowed to return to the streets.

The vacuum left by the German legal system is rife with sexual predators and human traffickers. German citizens aren’t the only ones left vulnerable; the US State Department warned that every single migrant was a potential victim:

In 2015, approximately 1.1 million refugees and asylum-seekers arrived in Germany, including approximately 67,000 unaccompanied minors; these individuals remain vulnerable to sex and labor trafficking.

Minor children, lacking any parental support, are bereft of any protection from sexual predators. Germany’s lax laws functionally allow predators to roam freely.

The situation isn’t getting better either. Since 2002, when Germany legalized prostitution, NGO’s have found younger and younger victims of sexual exploitation.

With authorities strained to offer resources, black market smugglers have filled the void. Even after illegal human trafficking routes were shut down, German authorities estimate over 750,000 migrants went through one path alone.

The lax response to crime is leading to a rise of German nationalism 

The German government’s lack of a response to crime by migrants has given a foothold to anti-immigrant political groups within Germany. Extremist groups previously thought fringe are coming back into the mainstream.

The refugees have no other place to go but the Middle East or Europe. They’re being forced out of Syria by war and terrorism, while the UN does nothing to protect the vulnerable.

Germany has 67,000 minor children in its midst, at risk of being kidnapped into sex or forced labor slavery. The rest of the millions of migrants are at the mercy of the black market.

These vulnerable groups need protection now, not at the leisure of politicians; so do the German citizens living with this threat within their borders.

Germany needs a better response 

Germany holds itself out as one of the leaders of the West — Chancellor Angela Merkel prides herself as the leader of Europe. It’s time for Germany to lead by example.

For starters, Germany needs a more stringent vetting process of migrants. Germany needs to rid itself of sexual predators in its midst. No one will be safe until the police do their job.

Germany also needs to enforce stricter sentences against those convicted of sexual crimes or trafficking. There’s no real penalty in place for criminals guilty of exploiting other humans, and that needs to end.

Defending Western Civilization means standing up for the people living in it. You can’t have a civilization if the people are at risk of harm and exploitation. Germany needs to do better.


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Daniel Vaughan

Daniel Vaughan is a columnist for the Conservative Institute and lawyer in Nashville, Tennessee. He has degrees from Middle Tennessee State University and Regent University School of Law. His work can be found on the Conservative Institute's website, or you can receive his columns and free weekly newsletter at The Beltway Outsiders. Connect with him on Twitter at @dvaughanCI.