Female foreign workers targeted by Cyprian serial killer 

A National Guard captain, aged 35, has been accused of killing seven women and girls in a case that has shaken Cyprus to the core.

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Why this story matters:

It was the discovery of Mary Rose Tiburcio, a Filipino national, in an abandoned mine shaft alongside another body that bought the case to national attention in Cyprus. Ms Tiburcio and her six-year-old daughter were reported missing in May last year. Authorities believe her daughter has also been killed.

The women are believed to have met their killer through an online dating site. The accused was discovered after Ms. Toburcio’s messages on the dating site were accessed. The man then led authorities the resting place of four more of his victims. All the women appear to be of foreign descent.

This has raised criticism of the lack of earlier action by the authorities, who have been accused of disregarding the safety of foreign workers.

Hundreds attended a vigil on Friday, mourning the dead. They held signs displaying the names of other missing women, asking authorities “Where are they?”, and putting pressure on authorities to justify their lack of action.  

Details from the story:

  • Cyprian authorities have been accused of failing to investigate the disappearance of foreign workers.
  • Some of the victims were reported missing as far back as in 2016.
  • The man has been held in custody for over a week, but his identity has not been released.
  • Cyprus has 80 unsolved missing person cases.
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