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Swedes ran brothel in the Philippines

Published: 25 Apr 2009 12:35 GMT+02:00
Updated: 25 Apr 2009 12:35 GMT+02:00

Two Swedish men in their thirties have been arrested in the Philippines on charges of human trafficking. The accused, who are alleged to have forced women to perform sexual acts in front of a web camera, face possible lifetime prison sentences, writes Expressen.

Following a raid on the brothel last Thursday, the police say they found eighteen women on the premises, some of whom are thought to be under age, reports the Philippine daily Sun Star. They will be called as witnesses when the trial begins.

One of the women was working as a domestic servant when she was offered another, well-paid job. She explained to Sun Star that she had no idea what the work entailed. When she learned that it involved undressing in front of a webcam it was already too late to back out. She said that she was paid the equivalent of about 2,500 Swedish kronor a month.

Another four people, reported to be employed by the Swedes, were also arrested.

The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs has spent the day seeking confirmation of reports about the arrested men.

“We are trying to establish whether the Consulate-General in Manila has been informed. When we know the full facts of the case, we’ll try to get in touch directly with the men or their lawyer,” said Petra Hansson of the Ministry's Press Service to TT.

Stuart Sheild (news@thelocal.se)

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14:26 April 25, 2009 by dtes
any scumbag participating in the slave trade or anything even remotely similar should be shot in the head. (period) power fiends and other folks who partake in the exploitation of others do not deserve to breathe our air.
15:46 April 25, 2009 by rybo1
I agree! Exploiting others is very ugly and degrading.
20:20 April 25, 2009 by Nemesis
I hope they get the maxium possible sentence. People doing this are an insult to the human race.

I hope the victims recieve the necessary support they deserve.

If Sweden was to remove there citizenship that would help, as they would be left countryless and defenceless, just like there victims.
08:03 April 26, 2009 by lossantos67
odd...in the german newspapers it states that those guys were from switzerland,hmmm
16:55 April 26, 2009 by Qassim
Sex slavery is one of the most heinous crimes against humanity. Those accused of being part of this animalist criminal behaviours should be brought before the court of law and they must taste the bitter of their cruelty.

Prostitution is globally a social problem and each and every country on the face of the earth must take part in the war against sex slavery and human tracking. Finally those found guilt of being part and parcel of this heinous crime against humanity must get the maximum sentence that they deserve.
11:10 May 15, 2011 by Augustina
they deserve it...it is total abuse of power, why don´t they try it on there swedish girls. This people go to poor countries and think that they can do whatever they want because with the poor and desperate girls.

Shame on them!
10:08 May 17, 2011 by twapster
You ignorant people! Western girls do this every day, it just doesnt pay as well! You may call this exploitation and sit on your moral high horse- obviously the real world affords western people the luxyury more choices when earning an income. I would happily take my clothes off and degrade myself on Webcam for the right price and I am a wealthy westerner! That price just happens to be a little more due to the economy I live in. How dare you people tell these women they can not make the same money as you take for granted- even your unemployment benefits are better than what these people dream to earn. How dare you tell these women they will never earn what you do! What you call "heinous" you yourself have done with your husband or wife! You are the Heinous one to judge others as if u are most important and 3rd world country women must stay under your income potential. Maybe you go live there and try and find a "normal job" !!!
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