MADRID ( Associated Press) – Spanish police are investigating fifty complaints of women who have been pricked with medicinal needles at nightclubs or parties, a trend that has attracted the attention of authorities in other European countries.
So far, Spanish police have not confirmed any cases of sexual abuse or theft related to the mysterious puncture. Police said 23 of the recently reported cases occurred in the Catalonia region in northeastern Spain and bordering France.
Waves of punctures at concerts have stunned officials in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. French police have counted more than 400 complaints in recent months and said the motive was unclear. In many cases it was not even clear whether the puncture was accompanied by the injection of a substance.
So far, Spanish police have found evidence of drugs in a case involving a 13-year-old girl in Gijón who had recreational drug ecstasy in her system. Local media reported that her parents, who were nearby, immediately rushed her to the hospital when she felt a prick.
In an interview with public broadcaster TVE Broadcast on Wednesday, the Minister of Justice, Pilar Lopp, urged those who believe he has received a puncture to go to the police because they are “serious acts of violence against women”. .
Health officials said they were updating their protocols to potentially improve the ability to detect injected substances in victims. Toxicology protocols require blood or urine tests to be performed within 12 hours of the attack, Lopp said.
In southwestern France, several attacks were reported during the Bayonne festival, which was attended by 1.2 million people last week in a city near the Spanish border.
Bayonne’s deputy prosecutor Carolyn Parizell said 124 people, both men and women, received medical tests after reporting unnecessary attacks. Of these, eleven filed suit.