The young woman was held in custody, being accused of theft. Then someone from the Prime Minister office called the Police Headquarters in Milan: “Release her”
by PIERO COLAPRICO and GIUSEPPE D’AVANZO
At Milan Police Headquarters, in the large “Photographical Identification” room, is just Ruby R., Moroccan. To say “just” is an error, because Ruby is very beautiful and it is impossible not to look at her. She is on the threshold, by the door, and waits for the two agents in white coat to do their work, but it is as though she occupies the whole room. It is 27th May of this year, after midnight, and the policemen have already performed a test: the blinding white light works perfectly. The procedure is strict in cases where a foreign minor is found without documents: once the person’s identity has been verified, if the same has no home or family, he or she will be sent, after having informed the Public Prosecutor’s Office for Minors, to a community. And that is what the agents are preparing to do, because Ruby is seventeen and one-half years old (she was born on 11 November 1992) and nobody has answered at the address she has given, on Via V. It was to be expected: a friend who lives there, Ruby says, is an escort and often is out.
Suddenly, the silence of the large room is broken. A voice rises in the corridor. And, somewhat breathless, an official appears. The categorical order: Close everything and send her away! The agents are dumbfounded. Their colleague, a female, is forced to repeat: That’s enough, we’re letting her go, there’s someone waiting for her outside!