Kirkuk police revealed that they had arrested three young men who lured a 14-year-old girl under the pretext that they would "take her to Europe," noting that they had used narcotic substances and that two of them had criminal records.
On Thursday, December 16, a man reported the disappearance of his daughter, a 14-year-old student, to Rahimawa Police Station in Kirkuk.
A security source in Kirkuk police told KirkukNow, "Rahimawa police station conducted investigations into the case and as part of their follow-up, they were able to arrest a young man on the same day, who participated in the process of luring the girl... They were then able to rescue the girl in an area near the Al-Khassa Bridge (downtown in Kirkuk)."
The source stressed, "After that, the other two young men who were involved in the accident were arrested."
The source pointed out that the three young men deluded the girl that they would take her out of Iraq, "but they changed their plan later and wanted to commit immoral acts with her," without clarifying the nature of those acts.
However, the source confirmed that "the three young men used narcotic substances and did so under the influence of these substances."
The file of the three young men's case was referred to the Kirkuk Court.
A story by KirkukNow has revealed that drug dealing and trading cases comes next to terror cases in Kirkuk courts. A senior judge of Kirkuk said that most of court cases are related to terrorism, which are being investigated at a high level, next comes drug cases which have been escalating in the last ten years.
The oil-rich city of Kirkuk, 238 kilometers north of Baghdad, is an ethnically mixed province for 1.7 million Kurds, Arabs, and Turkmen, Muslims, Christians and Kaka'is. It has long been at the center of disputes between Baghdad and the Erbil.
A source in Kirkuk police appealed to parents to be more careful about their children, "because the cases of electronic extortion have increased recently and they often target girls in order to obtain money."