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Nearly 850,000 Italian women 'sexually blackmailed' at work

Istat numbers released at conference on abuse in workplace

Nearly 850,000 Italian women 'sexually blackmailed' at work

Rome, November 27 - Some 842,000 Italian women have been the victims of sexual blackmail at some point in the course of their careers, according to the national statistics agency Istat. The data was announced Tuesday by Istat researcher Linda Laura Sabatini at a conference on women and abuse in the workplace. Roughly 488,000 women have been propositioned at work, while 247,000 have received direct threats tied to their job security, Istat says. Another 234,000 have been blackmailed "in order to hold onto their jobs".

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