By Francesco Turso
Italy’s embattled Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is a media magnate having interests in Newspapers, Television Channels, and Radio Stations all throughout Italy. However even with all this power in the media, he could not keep his latest scandal quiet admitting to paying an underage Moroccan prostitute 7,000 Euros for sex. Wiretaps that have been published revealed as investigators open another case of underage prostitution against the Prime Minister. Though prostitution is not illegal in Italy, paying a minor for sex is.
The Italian Prime Minister defends his behavior by saying that he loves beautiful women and has been quoted defiantly saying “at least I’m not gay.” Many in Italy are calling for him to step down, even the Catholic Church, which has been a strong supporter of the Prime Minister, is now calling his behavior irreparable.
Matteo Lorenzo Bataglini, an Italian Citizen in Triggiano, Ba, speaks plainly and is not surprised by his behavior. When asked how he feels about his prime minister, Bataglini replies, “He’s a ’puttaniero’[whore-monger]. He surrounds himself with political allies that are afraid to go against him. I don’t understand how he’s even got the guts to represent Italy.” (Translated from Italian) Many people in Italy believe that it is now only a matter of time before Berlusconi will be forced to step down and are calling this the end of his political career. “He’s just making us look bad and needs to step down, but he just won’t do it.”Bataglini said.