SALERNO, SA, ITALY - 2017/11/05: 375 refugees landed in Salerno, aboard the Spanish ship "Cantabria". On board 26 dead women, probably dead drowned, 9 pregnant and 15 minors. The bodies of women will be buried in the communes that have accepted the tumult in their cemetery. (Photo by Michele Amoruso/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The girls, aged 14-18, are believed to have been migrants from Niger and Nigeria who had embarked on the treacherous route to Europe from Libya over the weekend.
Lorena Ciccotti, Salerno’s head of police, told CNN that autopsies would be carried out on Tuesday and that coroners would be investigating whether the girls had been tortured or sexually abused.
Their bodies were found close to a flimsy rubber dinghy that had all but sunk when rescuers arrived, Ciccotti said. Aid workers had described a grim scene: survivors hanging onto the remains of the vessel as the girls’ bodies floated nearby.
Among them were 90 women and 52 minors, including a week-old-baby, authorities said.
Libya is a well-known jumping-off point for migrants seeking refuge on European shores. Many from sub-Saharan Africa, are fleeing war and persecution; others from impoverished nations in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia have made the treacherous journey …
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