Over more than ten years he lured hundreds of adolescents either at school exits or via social networks such as Facebook. The protagonist of the affair is a South-American in his 40s, arrested by the carabinieri in an investigation in Reggio Emilia - explains a note spiega una nota dell'Arma - has "documented hundreds and hundreds of abuses that have been committed".
Thirty of the young victims have so far been identified however. The man also "posted" secret recordings of sexual relations he had with the youths on some networks. The investigation coordinated by the Bologna prosecutor's office has been dubbed "Lost Innocence". The carabinieri have reconstructed how over ten years the man created a kind of feminine alter ego, publicising it among the adolescents as his own, particularly uninhibited, cousin. Dressed as a woman and wearing make-up, he threw banknotes at the minors leaving school (some only 13 years old), luring them to come up to his house and have sexual relations with the "woman of their dreams". The young victims were then convinced to recruit new friends, always in exchange for money.Source
The perpetrator "requested the status of political refugee because he said he was sexually discriminated against in his country of origin". It's not clear whether he is only doing this now or whether that is how he obtained residence in Italy in the first place.