Newly released statistical data from Italy’s national police force show that approximately 1 5th – 20% – of all the arrests made in the country during 2018 were of foreigners.
According to the Italian newspaper Il Giornale, the crime report asserted that of the 5,173 individuals who were arrested by Italy’s police force in 2018, 990 of them were foreign-born nationals.
In the report, the police included that of the foreign-born nationals who were arrested, Nigerian and Albanian nationals were the largest groups represented in the statistics, followed only by Moroccans, Romanians and Tunisians.
The amount of arrests – about 1 in 5 – contrasts drastically with the % of the entire foreign-born population living in the country that sits at a mere 8.7% or below 1 in 10, as per Italy’s official demographic statistics.
In recent years, Italy's developed significant issues with Nigerian mafia gangs. A large scale bust in February showed that one of the mafia groups was employing occult voodoo rituals and threats of violence to maintain trafficked sex workers conforming to their tyrannical orders.
The busted mafia gang was later shown to be a small piece of a much larger crime network out of Nigeria and Libya that would organize the illegal trafficking of women into Italy so that they could later be made to work on the street as sex slaves.
Last year, Alessandro Meluzzi, an Italian criminologist helped to make public the extraordinary brutality of the Nigerian gangs when it was uncovered that the #1 suspect in the barbarous murder and dismemberment of Italian teenager Pamela Mastropietro had been a Nigerian drug dealer with links to Nigerian organized crime.
Meluzzi, who was involved first hand with the case, had this to say about those involved with Nigerian organized crime: "What we've seen in the case of Pamela are the same methods the Nigerian mafia systematically employs in Nigeria and elsewhere. It's a routine to cut victims into pieces and, in some cases, to eat parts of their bodies."
Although the number of foreigners arrested stands at 1 5th of the total national arrests, the actual % of crimes believed to be committed by foreign nationals in Italy's substantially greater, according to report in 2018 that asserted that as many as 1 in 3 crimes are carried out by non-Italians.