Italy: Pseudo-doctor performs online gynecological diagnoses – More than 400 victims


Response from Italy for ERT: Christian Mavris

In early November, a 24-year-old girl named Noemi from Salento complained on social media that a gynecologist had called her to discuss her health condition.

The alleged doctor knew her medical and personal data and made an appointment with her by video call, where he asked her to show him her secret points.

At the time, the online complaint of the girl had gone viral, creating a chain of solidarity but also bringing to the fore various testimonies of similar incidents throughout Italy, to the point that the newspaper la Repubblica now counts more than 400 incidents.

The calls all appear to have been made using the same system, using an anonymous number and trying to get victims to undress during the video call, under the pretext of diagnosing the infection.

The investigation was launched following an order from the Taranto Prosecutor’s Office and today the uniformed men conducted a search at the home of a 40-year-old man. According to the Italian media, the crime is that of sexual violence.

The first information states that many smartphones, memories and phone cards were found in the house of the forty-year-old alleged doctor, which were confiscated. At the same time, it remains to be clarified how the pseudo-doctor had access to the personal and medical data of his victims.  

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