Sex crimes up 43% in Catalonia’s Girona province

Catalan police officers stand near a police station, following an attack in Cornella de Llobregat near Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
By John Cody
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In 2021, the sex crime rate increased sharply in the region of Girona in Spain’s Catalonia. Figures made public by the Catalan authorities show a jump of 43 percent in this category, L’Indépendant reported. Overall, the crime rate rose by 13 percent.

As Remix News previously reported, the rise in sex crimes is taking place in the same region of Spain where a 95-year-old Spanish woman was raped by a Gambian migrant this month in the city of Figueras.

The significant increase in crimes of a sexual nature in the province stands out all the more, as the 2021 rate exceeded the number before the pandemic, according to the Diari de Girona daily. While in 2019, the Girona region recorded 310 sex crimes, last year, it was 329. Among these, 53 were rapes (an increase of 13 percent compared to 2020). Cases of touching and other abuse amounted to 276, up 49.2 percent compared to 185 in 2020.

Overall, the region of Girona recorded nearly 40,000 crimes and misdemeanors (39,345 precisely), up 13.2 percent compared to the year 2020.

“The easing of restrictions has caused an increase in crime,” sums up Diari de Girona.

Meanwhile, attempted homicides have increased by 31 percent to 21 recorded cases. There were also six murders, one less than in 2020. The last one was a parricide on October 31, 2021, when a 19-year-old boy had stabbed his 46-year-old mother to death at the family home in Ripoll.

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