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Alessandra Mussolini's husband in teenage hooker probe

Mauro Floriani, married to granddaughter of Fascist dictator

11 March, 15:01
Alessandra Mussolini's husband in teenage hooker probe (ANSA) - Rome, March 11 - The husband of right-wing Italian MP Alessandra Mussolini is one of 20 men under investigation on suspicion of using two underage prostitutes from middle-class families working out of an apartment in an upscale Rome neighborhood, police sources said Tuesday.

Mauro Floriani, a former finance police officer, is currently a manager at publicly-owned train operator Trenitalia.

He has three children with his wife, who is the grand-daughter of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.

He was placed under investigation when his name showed up on the cell phones of the two hookers, aged 14 and 15.

The case made headlines in October when five men were arrested on suspicion of paying the two underage prostitutes, who studied together at the same high school in Rome.

The girls allegedly began working in May 2013 after being lured through a social network called 'Bakeca Incontri' (Meetings Bulletin Board).

They allegedly went to school in the morning and worked in the afternoon.

One of the girls reportedly stated that she made up to 600 euros a day, and spent the money on clothes and expensive mobile telephones.

Police said most the clients appeared to be well off.

Reports of middle-class schoolgirls working as prostitutes have surfaced recently in several Italian cities.

The Italian unit of international child protection agency ECPAT said there could be as many as 11,000 minors involved in prostitution in Italy.

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