Italian prosecutors are investigating the deaths of 26 Nigerian women, most of them teenagers whose bodies were recovered at sea.
There are suspicions that they may have been sexually abused and murdered as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean.
Twenty-three of the dead women had been on a rubber boat with 64 other people.
Most of them were aged 14-18.
Most of the 375 survivors brought to Salerno were sub-Saharan Africans, from Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, The Gambia and Sudan, the daily La Repubblica reports. Among them were 90 women, eight of them pregnant and 52 children.
There were also some Libyan men and women on board.
Many migrants have reported violence, including torture and sexual abuse, by the gangs. So far this year,, 150,982 migrants arrived in southern Europe by boat from North Africa, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) reports.
Of that number, 111,552 (nearly 75 percent) came via the Central Mediterranean route to Italy. The number who died on that route was 2,639, the IOM says.
Last year the total for Greece was higher than that for Italy.
source: Daily Sun