Berlusconi named on US government’s people trafficking 2011 report

Updated: Oct 31, 2011, 13:35 PM IST

London: Controversial Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been named in a US government report on people trafficking for his alleged relationship with a minor girl.

The 75-year-old politician is accused of having sexual relations with belly dancer Karima El Mahroug at one of the evenings he hosted at his lavish villa when she was just 17 years old.

El Mahroug- who calls herself Ruby the Heartstealer - was one of 33 women who attended the parties and at which it is claimed, among other things, that they dressed as nuns and police officers to perform seductive pole dances and stripteases.

It has now emerged Berlusconi was named in this year’s State Department’s Trafficking in Persons 2011 report, which details the parties and describes how one of the guests was a minor.

“In February 2011, judges set a trial date for Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for the alleged commercial sexual exploitation of a Moroccan child, media reports include indicate evidence of third party involvement in the case, indicating the girl was a victim of trafficking,” the Telegraph quoted the report as stating.

It added: “During the reporting period, the country’s (Italy) prime minister was investigated for facilitating child prostitution.”

The State Department report is put together every year and draws from reports from 180 countries across the world as well as non governmental organisations who help compile case histories and investigations which are detailed in the document.