New figures reported today claim that immigrants committed 1,576 sex crimes in Germany in 2015 – and in the first half of 2016 that figure had already hit 1,683.
Most offenders were apparently from Muslim countries.
The startling news came hours after an Iraqi refugee was arrested in Germany for allegedly sexually assaulting two Chinese students.
The man, said to be aged 31 and named locally as Zaid K, was captured five days after another immigrant – a 17-year-old from Afghanistan – was accused of the rape and murder of a medical student in Freiburg.
Zaid K apparently arrived in Germany last year and lived with his wife and two children near the scene of the two attacks in the west German city of Bochum.
Prosecutors allege Zaid K struck twice – firstly in August when he seriously injured a 21-year-old student after he attempted to rape her, and again in November when a 27-year-old Chinese woman reported that she was attacked and raped.
It’s been claimed the boyfriend of the first victim photographed the suspect hanging around at the crime scene days later. These led police to the refugee home where he lived.
Police murder squad chief Roland Wefelscheidt said: “The photos were pin sharp and we had no trouble identifying him at the asylum centre.”
DNA evidence from both crime scenes has linked him to the attacks, according to police and prosecutors.
Earlier this month an Afghan immigrant was apprehended for the alleged rape and murder of Maria Ladenburger, a medical student whose body was found in the south German city of Freiburg in October.
Maria’s father is a senior EU lawyer.
Yesterday German chancellor Angela Merkel gave a speech in which she promised to toughen Germany’s stance on immigration.
More than a million people have moved to Germany in the space of under two years.