Early this morning, 8 men between the ages of 18 – 26 were arrested in Rosmalen and Den Bosch. The males are suspected of the gang rape of at least three teenage girls.

According to officials, the assaults took place at a garage company in ‘s-Hertogenbosch that was once used as a hemp cultivation facility and was registered to one of the suspected men. Investigated since early this year when the three victims approached police separately, police fear that many others may have also fallen victim to the group. They are now calling on anyone who may have come into contact with the suspects to notify authorities immediately, hoping that now the suspects are in custody, there will be less apprehension to come forward. “Whether it happened recently or longer ago, know there is help for you”, the police said. Victims are also encouraged to contact a Center for Sexual Violence 0800-0188 for help, advice, and counseling.

The men came into contact with their victims (aged 15 & 16) via social media. Once contact was made, the girls were then drugged and assaulted. In a forensic investigation of the scene, nude photos of underage girls and other visual material were found.