Main Road of Gonaives, Haiti. Photo credit: Flickr Creative Commons

Haitian officials are investigating rape allegations in a makeshift jail in Gonaives. According to a report by the Washington Post, a group of male inmates allegedly raped 10 female inmates in the Gonaives jail.

“Prosecutor Sérard Gazius told The Associated Press that more than 50 men broke out of their cells last week and overpowered police officers guarding inmates, adding that an unknown number of them are suspected of raping 10 of 12 women being held in the same facility but in separate cells.

“He said the male and female inmates were being held in a former United Nations facility since the original prison was destroyed years ago and a new one hasn’t been built. Gazius said the women were scared and have yet to identify the suspects, adding that they have received medical care.”

The women, who have not been convicted, were being held on charges ranging from robberies to attempted murder.

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