- "Whoever behaves in his host country as the reports suggest has not only lost any claim to our hospitality but also their right to asylum!" — Mayoral candidate Volker Stein, Frankfurt.
- The actual number of migrant-related sex crimes in Germany is at least two or three times higher than the official number. Only 10% of the sex crimes committed in Germany appear in the official statistics. — André Schulz, head of the Criminal Police Association.
- An even more toxic practice is for police deliberately to omit any references to migrants in crime reports. This lapse makes it impossible for German citizens to understand the true scale of the migrant crime problem.
- City police asked German media to delete any images of the suspect. A note for editors stated: "The legal basis for publishing the surveillance photos has been dispensed with. We strongly urge you to take this into account in future reporting and to remove and/or make changes to existing publications."
- "As a refugee, it is difficult to find a girlfriend." — Asif M., a 26-year-old asylum seeker from Pakistan, in court on charges he raped one woman and attempted to rape five others.
The attacks, in which mobs of migrants harassed women in a "rape game" known as "taharrush gamea" (Arabic for "collective sexual harassment"), are said to have mirrored the mass sexual assaults of women in Cologne and other German cities on New Year's Eve 2015.
Germans protesting the New Year's Eve 2015 mass sexual assaults wave flags, alongside a banner saying "Rapefugees Not Welcome," on January 9, 2016 in Cologne. (Image source: Getty Images)
Witnesses said that groups of up to 50 migrants of "Arab or North African" appearance entered several establishments and began sexually assaulting female patrons. They also stole handbags and jackets, threw bottles and firecrackers, and, for good measure, finished their victims' drinks.
Frankfurt Police insist they did not know about the incidents until Bild, the newspaper with the largest circulation in Germany, reported on them. It remains unclear why the victims waited more than a month before coming forward with their complaints. A police spokesperson said the claims are "worrying" and "cannot be excluded."
Some say the incidents in Frankfurt harken back to those in Cologne, where police covered up the sexual assaults for several days, apparently to avoid fueling anti-immigration sentiments, until local media reported on them. Others question why no cellphone videos or photographs surfaced on social media to corroborate the claims.
Previously, the police in Frankfurt reported only one assault on New Year's Eve: a 30-year-old migrant from Afghanistan attacked a 25-year-old woman at the Mainufer.
Frankfurt's Mayor, Peter Feldmann, said: "There is zero tolerance for any abuses. I have great confidence in our police. They should always be contacted immediately. Only then can they do their work."
Christoph Schmitt, security spokesman for the ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), said: "It is unacceptable that women have been treated this way. If mobs of male refugees are making the city unsafe, then we need more police on the streets and more video surveillance."
Mayoral candidate Volker Stein said: "While we had high contingent of police at the Main River, the rest of the city was left to the rampaging hooligans. Whoever behaves in his host country as the reports suggest has not only lost any claim to our hospitality, but also their right to asylum!"
Other German cities also reported sexual assaults on New Year's Eve 2016, despite an increased police presence and crowds that were far smaller than on New Year's Eve 2015.
- In Berlin, at least 22 women were sexually assaulted
during New Year's Eve celebrations at the Brandenburg Gate, despite the
presence of 1,700 police officers. Police initially reported six
assaults, but raised that number after an inquiry from the Berlin-based Tagesspiegel.
- In Hamburg, at least 14 women were sexually assaulted
on New Year's Eve, despite the presence of more than 500 police
officers, and crowds that were said to be half the size of those in
- In Cologne, some 2,000 male migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East gathered
at the central train station and the square in front of the iconic
Cologne Cathedral, where the mass sexual assaults occurred in 2015. A
heavy police presence appears to have served as a deterrent. Police
reported three sexual assaults.
- In Dortmund, Essen and Hanover, thousands of mostly North African migrants clashed with police. There were no reports of mass sexual assaults.
According to Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt, BKA) data (page 14), in 2013, migrants (Zuwanderer) committed 599 sex crimes, or an average of two a day. In 2014, migrants committed 949 sex crimes, or around three per day. In 2015, migrants committed 1,683 sex crimes, or around five per day. During the first three quarters of 2016, migrants committed 2,790 sex crimes, or around ten per day.
In fact, the actual number of migrant-related sex crimes in Germany is at least two or three times higher than the official number. For example, only 10% of the sex crimes committed in Germany appear in the official statistics, according to André Schulz, head of the Criminal Police Association (Bund Deutscher Kriminalbeamter, BDK).
In addition, the BKA data includes only crimes that have been solved (aufgeklärten Straftaten). According to police statistics, on average only around half of all crimes committed in Germany in any given year are solved (Aufklärungsquote).
Moreover, BKA crime statistics do not include data from North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous state in Germany and the one with the largest number of migrants, or from Hamburg, the second-largest city in the country.
German police also deliberately downplay the true scale of the migrant crime problem by referring to migrant criminals with politically correct euphemisms such as "southerners" (Südländer), men with "dark skin" (dunkelhäutig, dunklere Gesichtsfarbe, dunklem Hauttyp) or a combination of the two: "southern skin color" (südländische Hautfarbe).
An even more toxic practice is for police deliberately to omit any references to migrants in crime reports. This lapse makes it impossible for German citizens to understand the true scale of the migrant crime problem.
A German nurse, for instance, was sexually assaulted by a mob of migrants in Hamburg on January 7, 2017. The official Hamburg police report, dated January 8, reads as follows:
"Robbery in Hamburg-St. George, witnesses wanted!That day, Bild reported a completely different version of the same crime:
"A 28-year-old was attacked and robbed in a park by several men last night. The injured party heard calls for aid from the Lohmühlenpark. As she went to the park to help, she was attacked by several men, fell to the ground and lost consciousness. After the victim regained consciousness, she alerted her rescuers. Apparently the victim was robbed. Since there were also indications of a sexual offense, the LKA 42 (Office of Criminal Investigation) took over further investigations.
"Witnesses who observed the attack or are able to provide information on the perpetrators are kindly asked to call the telephone number 040 / 4286- 56789.
"The interrogation of the injured party is still pending. The investigations continue. Further information cannot be given at present."
"Sex Attack on Nurse: A disgraceful crime.Germany's sclerotic justice system, stymied by concerns over privacy, exacerbates the problem by imposing seemingly interminable delays in bringing perpetrators to justice. The following cases are just from January 2017:
"In the evening a woman is lured into the Lohmühlenpark by means of calls for help. Then several men ambush her. They strike their victim unconscious, and apparently also sexually assault her!
"It is about 9:45 pm, when the 28-year-old is going to her car. According to BILD information, she is a nurse at the Asklepios-Klinik St. Georg. She had parked her vehicle in the parking lot there.
"When she heard the screams from the adjacent park, she immediately hurried in that direction. In the park, she was attacked by five black Africans (ages 20 to 30). A giant man (over 180 cm) is said to have worn a green garment. He had bright spots on both cheeks. Then she lost consciousness.
"When she regained consciousness, she dialed emergency 112. Firemen found her, parts of her clothes were torn from her body. Her attackers did not speak German.
"The perpetrators also robbed the young woman. The police are asking witnesses to call 428 65 67 89."
- January 2. Police in Dresden published a composite image of a "southerner" (Südländer)
who exposed himself to an 11-year-old boy on August 31, 2016. Police
did not say why it took them more than four months to release the image
to the public.
- January 12. Police in Duisburg published
a photo of a man who assaulted a 40-year-old woman at the central train
station on October 7, 2016. Police did not say why it took them more
than three months to release the image to the public.
- January 17. Police in Essen published
a photo of a man who sexually assaulted a 30-year-old woman in an
underground metro station on August 12, 2016. Police did not say why it
took them more than four months to release the image to the public. The
perpetrator was arrested on January 18, one day after the photograph was
made public. This raised the question of whether the perpetrator could
have been apprehended much sooner.
- January 21. Police in Neubrandenburg announced
that they would begin collecting saliva samples from 469 migrants from
ten different countries. Police are looking for a 20 to 40-year-old
"southern-looking" man (südländisch aussehen) who attempted to rape a 35-year-old woman in October 2016.
- January 26. A 22-year-old migrant from Tunisia turned himself in after police in Karlsruhe published a surveillance camera image of the man, who is suspected of sexually assaulting five women in the city. City police urged
German media to delete any images of the suspect. A note for editors
stated: "The legal basis for publishing the surveillance photo has been
dispensed with. We strongly urge you to take this into account in future
reporting and to remove and/or make changes to existing publications."
The photo remains online.
Sexual Assaults and Rapes by Migrants in Germany, January 2017January 1. A 23-year-old migrant from Iraq sexually assaulted a 30-year-old woman in Glücksburg. A 24-year-old asylum seeker from Pakistan sexually assaulted a 46-year-old woman in Regensburg. A 31-year-old migrant from Iraq exposed himself to women in Augsburg. Three migrants from Afghanistan sexually assaulted two women in Augsburg. Two migrants from Afghanistan sexually assaulted a 22-year-old woman in Neumarkt. A 19-year-old migrant from Gambia assaulted a 25-year-old woman in Ulm. A "North African" migrant exposed himself to a 29-year-old woman in Ulm.
January 1. A "foreign-looking" taxi driver (ausländisches Erscheinungsbild) sexually assaulted a 34-year-old woman in Wiesbaden. A man with an "Eastern European accent" (osteuropäischer Akzent) sexually assaulted a 49-year-old woman in Coesfeld. A "southern European-looking" man sexually assaulted a 42-year-old woman in Hanover. A "dark-skinned" man (dunkle Hautfarbe) sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman in Trier. A "dark-skinned" man (dunkelhäutig) assaulted a 24-year-old female jogger in Bergkamen.
January 2. An "Arabic-looking" man (arabischem Aussehen) accosted three girls aged between 10 and 13 in Rottenburg. A "brown-skinned" man (braunen Hautteint) speaking broken German sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy in Seckach. Three "southerners" (Südländer) assaulted three girls, ages 14 and 15, in downtown Chemnitz. A man of "Arab origin" (Mann arabischer Herkunft) sexually assaulted an eight-year-old girl at a movie theater in Leipzig. He remains at large.
January 2. Three "southern-looking" men (südländisches Erscheinungsbild) sexually assaulted a 29-year-old woman in Taunusstein.
January 3. A "southern European-looking" man (südosteuropäisches Aussehen) sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl on a train near Wesel.
January 4. An "Asian-looking" man (asiatisches Aussehen) exposed himself to two women at a bus stop in Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt.
January 5. Two migrants (ages 18 and 19) from Libya were arrested for raping a 22-year-old woman in Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz. A "southern-looking" man (südländisches Aussehen) exposed himself to a 15-year-old girl who was riding her bicycle in Kranenburg.
January 6. A 13-year-old migrant from Syria sexually assaulted two girls at a school in Schwerin. Two "southern-looking" men (südländisch Aussehen) sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl in Linden. The girl was riding a city bus. When she got off at her stop, the two men also got off the bus. She began running but the men caught up with her and attacked her.
January 7. A group of five "Black Africans" (Schwarzafrikanern) sexually assaulted a 28-year-old woman in Hamburg. The woman, a nurse at the Asklepios-Klinik St. Georg, was walking to her car after her shift ended when she heard someone screaming for help in an adjacent park. When she went to help she was ambushed by the men and assaulted and robbed.
January 7. A 27-year-old migrant from Afghanistan sexually assaulted a 14-year-girl at a public swimming pool in Düsseldorf-Flingern. Two migrants (ages 21 and 39) from Libya sexually assaulted three girls, ages 13 and 14, at the train station in Niederwiesa. A "dark-skinned" man (dunklerer Teint) sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl in Oberhausen.
January 8. A 23-year-old migrant from Syria attempted to rape a 23-year-old woman in Kleve. The woman phoned her father for help after she sensed she was being followed while walking home. The father got on his scooter and was able to rescue his daughter just as the Syrian was dragging her into the bushes.
January 8. A 20-year-old migrant from Afghanistan sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman on a street car in Leipzig. A 21-year-old migrant from Iraq sexually assaulted a 24-year-old woman in the restroom of a discotheque in Bad Segeberg. A "North African-looking" man sexually assaulted a 22-year-old woman in downtown Stuttgart. A "Turkish or North African" man (türkischer oder nordafrikanischer Herkunft) exposed himself to a woman at the train station in Mainz-Kastel. A "dark-skinned" man (dunkler Hautfarbe) sexually assaulted a young woman in Bern (Switzerland).
January 9. Four "Arab-looking" men (arabisch aussehend) sexually assaulted a 25-year-old woman at a bus stop in Weiterstadt. Three "southern-looking" men (südländisch aussehende) attempted to rape a 16-year-old girl in Gelsenkirchen. They fled after a passerby intervened to help the girl.
January 10. A man speaking broken German exposed himself to a woman in the parking lot of a train station in Ludwigsburg.
January 11. A "dark-skinned" man (dunkelhäutigen Mann) sexually assaulted a 22-year-old woman in Lüneburg. A "North African" man sexually assaulted a 30-year-old woman on a train on a train between Gelnhausen and Fulda. A 42-year-old migrant from Libya exposed himself to several women in Schneeberg. A man speaking a foreign language sexually assaulted a 21-year-old woman in Salzgitter. A man speaking German with an accent sexually assaulted a 34-year-old woman in Michelbach. A migrant from Bulgaria sexually assaulted two teenage girls at the train station in Meschede. A man speaking broken German sexually assaulted a woman who was shopping at a supermarket with her young daughter in Aachen.
January 12. A 34-year-old migrant from Algeria sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl at the central train station in Wolfsburg. The perpetrator was arrested after he returned to the same time location the following day. A "dark-skinned" man (dunkelhäutiger Mann) sexually assaulted a 17-year-old woman at the train station Crailsheim. A "dark-skinned" man (dunklere Hautfarbe) sexually assaulted a 45-year-old woman in Düsseldorf. An "Arab-looking" man exposed himself to a woman at a public park in Schwabach.
January 13. A "southern- or Arab-looking" man (südländisches oder arabisches Aussehen) sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl at a train station in Freiburg. A "southern-looking" man (südländisch) exposed himself to two women in Alzey. A 39-year-old migrant from Russia sexually assaulted two women at a subway station in Munich. A man speaking German with a foreign accent assaulted a 27-year-old woman at knifepoint in Raunheim.
January 14. A "southern-looking" man (südländisch aussehende Mann) attempted to rape a 23-year-old woman in Karlsruhe-Bulach. Four "southern-looking" men (südländischen Aussehens) tried to assault a young woman in Gießen. A Moroccan migrant was arrested for sexual assault in Speyer. A "southern-looking" man (südländisches Aussehen) sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl in Kamp-Lintfort. An "Oriental-looking" man (orientalisches Erscheinungsbild) exposed himself to a 68-year-old woman on a bicycle path in Lindenholzhausen. A 21-year-old migrant from Somalia sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman on a train in Hanau.
January 15. A man with a "foreign, unknown dialect" (ausländischen, unbekannten Dialekt) sexually assaulted a woman near the city hall in Metelen. Five migrants from Syria (between 11 and 14 years old) sexually assaulted two girls, aged 12 and 13, at a public swimming pool in Bockum. Two "presumably African" men (mutmaßlichen Afrikaner) sexually assaulted two women near the central train station in Bielefeld. A "southern European" man (Südeuropäer) exposed himself to two women in Ulm.
January 16. A man calling himself Ahmed exposed himself to a woman at a bus station in Singen.
January 17. A "dark, nearly black-skinned" man (dunkle, fast schwarze Hautfarbe) sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl on a street car in Magdeburg.
January 18. A 30-year-old asylum seeker raped a 31-year-old woman in Dortmund. Two "southern-looking" men (südländisches Aussehen) sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl in Rastatt. A "southern-looking" man (südländisches Aussehen) sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl at a bus stop in Salzgitter. A 30-year-old asylum seeker raped a 31-year-old woman in Dortmund.
January 19. An "Eastern European-looking" man (osteuropäischem Aussehen) exposed himself to a 27-year-old woman on a train in Stuttgart. A man exposed himself to an 11-year-old girl on a bus in Stuttgart. An "English-speaking" man sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl at the train station in Crailsheim.
January 21. Two men "speaking a foreign language" sexually assaulted two women in Osnabrück. The attackers fled after one of the women used pepper spray on them. A migrant physically assaulted an 18-year-old woman in Uelzen after she rejected his advances. A "southern-looking" man (südländisches Aussehen) sexually assaulted a 23-year-old woman after he followed her off a train in Karlsruhe. An "Arab-looking" man (arabischer Herkunft) assaulted a 27-year-old woman at the train station in Friedrichsdorf.
January 22. Two migrants from Algeria sexually assaulted two women in the female restroom of a bar in Schweinfurt. A "dark-skinned" man (dunkelhäutig) assaulted a 20-year-old woman at the central train station in Bochum after she rejected his advances.
January 23. A "dark-skinned" man (dunkleren Teint) exposed himself to a 13-year-old girl in Stuttgart-Heumaden. A "dark-skinned" man (dunkelhäutigen Mann) sexually assaulted two women in Minden.
January 24. A 44-year-old migrant from Syria was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting more than 20 women in Wetzlar. The man, who among other offenses repeatedly licked unsuspecting women in the face, justified his behavior as a custom from his Arab homeland to show women his affection.
January 24. A 26-year-old migrant from Somalia sexually assaulted several women in downtown Gießen. He also exposed himself to a nurse outside the city's Catholic Hospital. A "southern-looking" man (südländisch aussehen) sexually assaulted five women in Karlsruhe. A 14-year-old Turkish boy raped a 13-year-old boy and attempted to rape a 13-year-old girl in Herzogenburg (Austria).
January 25. A "southern-looking" man (südländischem Aussehen) exposed himself to a 51-year-old woman in Kamp-Lintfort.
January 26. A "dark-skinned" man (dunkelhäutig) assaulted a 46-year-old woman on a train in Stuttgart. After the woman asked the man to take his feet off the seat, he smashed her head against the window. A "southern-looking" man sexually assaulted a 17-year-old woman on a train in Öhringen. A group of 12 "dark-skinned" men (dunklen Teint) assaulted a 16-year-old girl in Gelsenkirchen.
January 27. A 25-year-old woman was raped in a female restroom at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. A "southerner" (südländischen Typs) sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl in Chemnitz-Altendorf. A 27-year-old migrant from Pakistan exposed himself to an 18-year-old woman on a train between Gelsenkirchen and Essen. A migrant (südländischen Migrationshintergrund) exposed himself to a 77-year-old woman in Wangen.
January 28. Three "dark-skinned" men (dunkelhäutig) sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman in Dortmund. Two "dark-skinned" men (dunkelhäutiger Männer) sexually assaulted two 12-year-old girls in Bietigheim-Bissingen. A man speaking a foreign language sexually assaulted a 24-year-old woman in Bonn. A 40-year-old migrant from Morocco sexually assaulted a 41-year-old woman on a train in Düsseldorf. A "southern-looking" man (südländische Erscheinung) sexually assaulted a 20-year-old woman in Hamburg.
January 29. A "southern-looking" man (südländischem Aussehen) sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl in Neubrandenburg. A 23-year-old migrant from Eritrea sexually assaulted several women on a train in Munich. A 36-year-old migrant from Gambia sexually assaulted several woman on a train near Freiburg. A man speaking Turkish sexually assaulted a 26-year-old woman on a train near Dormagen.
January 30. Süleyman D., a 25-year-old German of Turkish descent, was arrested for raping one woman and attempting to rape two more at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. A 24-year-old migrant from Armenia sexually assaulted two women on an express train between Hamburg and Kassel. A man speaking broken German exposed himself to three women in Offenbach.
January 31. A "dark-skinned" man (dunkelhäutigen) sexually assaulted a 28-year-old woman who was walking with her four-year-old child near the train station in Bad Krozingen.
Court Cases involving Migrants Accused of Sexual Crimes, January 2017January 7. Asif M., a 26-year-old asylum seeker from Pakistan, appeared in court on charges he raped one woman and attempted to rape five others in Berlin-Steglitz. He insisted that he was the victim: "As a refugee, it is difficult to find a girlfriend."
January 11. Ralph Q., a 24-year-old asylum seeker from Ghana, was sentenced to three years and two months in prison for raping a 15-year-old girl in Duisburg-Neumühl.
January 18. A 27-year-old Kosovar was sentenced to one year and ten months of probation for sexually assaulting a 27-year-old woman in Freiburg. The man followed the woman into a restroom at a night club, told her that he was a narcotics detective, forced her to undress and then tried to rape her.
January 18. Ali M., a 34-year-old asylum seeker from Syria, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison for raping 15-year-old girl in Bonn-Bornheim. The man plied the girl with drugs and alcohol during at a party at his home. The girl passed out and after the other guests left the party he raped her. The man subsequently tried to bribe the girl into silence.
January 19. Qaisar S., a 38-year-old migrant from Pakistan, was sentenced to three years and ten months in prison for raping a 19-year-old woman in Zwickau. The court heard how the man, who has Hepatitis C, bit the woman on the lip in a deliberate effort to infect her with the virus.
January 20. The trial began of Abubaker C., a 27-year-old Pakistani man who strangled 70-year-old Maria Müller in her bed in Bad Friedrichshall, and then painted verses from the Koran on her bedroom walls. Prosecutors said the murder was religiously motivated: The Sunni Muslim murdered the woman because she was a devout Roman Catholic.
January 21. A 47-year-old asylum seeker from Syria was sentenced to one year and nine months in prison for raping a 44-year-old mentally disabled woman in Soest. The suspect, who has been living in an asylum shelter in Welver at German taxpayer expense since 2003, had 23 previous convictions for offenses including assault, robbery and fare evasion. A neurologist who has attended the Syrian during his 13-year stay in Germany told the court that the man is "untreatable" (Therapieunfähig). "When he is drunk, he is unpredictable," she said.
January 23. The trial began of Merwan B., a 29-year-old Tunisian who stabbed to death his 35-year-old ex-girlfriend, Julia B., and their unborn baby. Prosecutors said the couple split after the man refused to take responsibility for the child, but that he later changed his mind after learning that the child would boost his prospects for permanent residency. The woman refused to get back together with him. The prosecutor said: "He did not want to accept this separation. He wanted to kill Julia B. because he could not accept that she would be living in Germany with his child after he was deported."
January 23. The trial began of Kashif M., a 32-year-old Pakistani man charged with raping two women, ages 22 and 52, in Chemnitz.
January 24. A 21-year-old migrant from Gambia was sentenced to five years in juvenile detention for raping two women in Freiburg and Bad Krozingen. A 36-year-old migrant from Nigeria appeared in court on charges of raping an 18-year-old woman in Neusäß.