Wednesday, March 26, 2008

New Mafia?

The term 'sleeping with the fishes' comes from mafia-speak meaning killing someone by throwing them in the river (usually with concrete shoes), now it seems to have a new meaning*:

Police have closed down a circus in southern Italy after a terrified 19-year-old girl was forced to swim in a tank full of piranha fish while her younger sister endured the company of snakes and tarantulas.

Three men have been arrested and charged with holding the Bulgarian girls in slavery and breaching international human rights conventions.

The trio, who are accused of running a "circus of horrors", were named as Enrico Raffaele Ingrassia, 57, the owner, his son William Ingrassia, 33, and his son in law Gaetano Belfiore, 25.

The Marino Circus has been offering shows at Petina south of Naples in southern Italy, in a tent with 200 plastic seats inside it.

TimesOnline
*I realize that this would be swimming with the fishes, but it wouldn't fit perfectly then heh.

The people in charge of this circus should be shot; of course they will be charged with 'international' crimes and will get off with a slap on the wrist.

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