Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is once again in hot water. Recently, he has been accused of abusing his powers and paying Moroccan nightclub dancer Karima El Mahroug — also known by the stage name Ruby Rubacuori — for sex when she was under eighteen. The charges brought against him could land Berlusconi up to 15 years in prison if he is convicted.
Prosecutors allege that Berlusconi started to pay Mahroug for sex when she was seventeen. Although prostitution is legal in Italy, it is illegal if the prostitute is under the age of eighteen. In Italy, paying for sex with a minor is punished by a range of six months’ to three years’ imprisonment.