The Casablanca Prefectural Police arrested employers responsible for the assault and battery of a child laborer.
Rabat – Following a recent investigation into a case of child labor and employer abuse at the orders of the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN), Casablanca police found marks of physical violence on the victim, a 13-year-old girl who worked as a domestic employee in Casablanca.
The victim’s family had known of the abuse their child experienced and filed complaints against the child’s employers, a married couple. The couple blackmailed the parents and forced them into withdrawing the lawsuit.
The husband and wife are currently in police custody on charges of assault and battery, as more investigations are ongoing into the motives of the violence.
Meanwhile, an investigation into the local police officer whom DGSN accused of professional misconduct and laxity is ongoing under the supervision of the King’s attorney general to carry out the disciplinary procedures.
Soon after media reports of the abuse of a child emerged, DGSN opened an investigation into the incident and judged that the police officer in charge of the case did not abide by the Penal Code criminalizing torture.
According to Articles 231-1 and 231-3 of the Moroccan Penal Code, “any act of torture or intentional causing of pain or acute physical or mental suffering to a person by a public officer for the purpose of intimidating, pressuring him/her” is punishable by imprisonment from 10 to 20 years and a fine of MAD 20,000 to 50,000.