Story By: Feza Uzay, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
This shocking drawing is a seven year old girls attempt to explain to prosecutors how she was allegedly prostituted by her mother to paying clients.
The harrowing tale came to light when the grandmother identified any by the name G. S., filed a complaint with the Prosecutor’s Office in the district of Elmali in the southern Turkish province of Antalya.
She is the mother of the children’s father who separated from her ex-daughter-in-law Merve Akman, and said that she had learned from the children that they were being abused by their mothers “boyfriends”.
The children were questioned by prosecutors together with psychologists, and in an effort to try and explain what was happening to them when they did not have the words, the seven year old drew this shocking drawing.
The girl, identified only by the initials G. E. G., and her older brother, I. E. G., were both allegedly abused according to their own testimony including a statement written by the boy and handed over under the supervision of doctors at the Child Monitoring Center.
In her statement, G. E. G. said that her mother Merve was married to Rahmi, but she had boyfriends and that the boyfriends as well as their stepfather was abusing them – and that the mother was paid every time the attacks happened.
The news website Sabah reported that G. E. G. complained about her mother Merve, stepfather Rahmi and an uncle identified only as S. When she spoke to her Gran.
Her story was backed up by her brother.
As part of the investigation, Merve and Rahmi were arrested and remanded in custody but rejected the charges, and despite the testimony of the Gran and the children themselves, were released on bail causing widespread outrage across the country.
The incident received wide coverage on social media, and a campaign was launched to arrest the mother and stepfather. (https://bit.ly/35ZLyAH)
The Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services, which was forced to make a statement on the subject by the netizens, announced that they were following the case and that the ministry’s lawyers objected to the court’s decision.
The next hearing will be held on 17th September at 10am at the Elmali High Criminal Court.