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Prostitution sting nets hundreds of suspects

Prostitution sting nets hundreds of suspects

Published: 24 Mar 2011 14:14 GMT+01:00
Updated: 24 Mar 2011 14:14 GMT+01:00

Police have identified more than 400 men suspected of paying for sex in Sweden’s biggest ever prostitution sting after a 40-year-old man was convicted of acting as a pimp for five women, including his wife.

The 40-year-old based his operations in an apartment in Sundsvall, 375 kilometres north of Stockholm. He also joined the women on hotel tours, enabling them to meet clients in their own home towns as the illicit business became increasingly lucrative, according to a report from Sveriges Television’s investigative programme Uppdrag Granskning.

Former wrestler Tomas Johansson, a two-time Olympic medallist, admitted to the police that he had paid for oral sex from one of the women but retracted his confession in Wednesday night’s programme.

The other men range from 19 to 75 years old and represent a cross-section of professions and social classes.

Police were able to identify 427 suspects through phone taps and by tracking some 16,000 phone calls and text messages sent to the women’s phones. Of the suspects, 36 have confessed to paying for sex.

The pimp at the centre of the case was sentenced last year to two years in prison. He took a third of the women’s income in exchange for helping them to advertise their services and arrange meetings with clients.

Four of the women come from Africa, and the pimp continues to insist that all five prostitutes benefited from his role in the operation.

“The women sold themselves,” he told Uppdrag Granskning. “If I hadn’t helped out they would have earned maybe half the amount of money.”

Sweden criminalized the purchase of sex in 1999. It is not however illegal to sell sexual services.

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13:10 March 24, 2011 by StockholmSam
If it is not illegal to sell sexual services, why is the pimp in prison? I read nothing that indicated he bought any sex from his girls.
13:38 March 24, 2011 by Kibiri
^ Pimping is also illegal. "Selling sexual service is legal" is meant to mean that the actual prostitute is not criminalized. So, pimping yourself is legal, pimping someone else is illegal.
14:29 March 24, 2011 by Lukestar1991
It appears that StockholmSam doesnt realise that its a crime to force people to sell their bodies and profit from it, whatever next??
15:15 March 24, 2011 by StockholmSam
I realize it, Lukestar. But I read nothing that indicated this guy forced anyone to do anything. I he were one of those classic abusive pimps, he'd be taking 85%+ of the girls' income, not 33%. What is the definition of pimping and where does a broker cross the line into a pimp?
16:05 March 24, 2011 by eZee.se
Never bought but still think its a stupid law that should'nt exist, and wouldnt exist if it was not for some ignorant feminists who made the law.
16:36 March 24, 2011 by Angry Ami
LOL, man I love reading the Swedish news more than the German news, the bastion of liberalism says no to getting laid for cash, even the Germans are more advanced, it's legal, it's taxed as a business, and the girls do a medical check every 6 months, wow how progressive, but like eZee.se said, it's all because angry men hating Femi-Nazis want to punish, what if the pimp were female? what then, of course this still isn't as bad as back in the 90's when the Femi-Nazis were trying to force men to pee sitting down :-$
17:06 March 24, 2011 by RobinHood
We heard in a crowing government report a few months ago that Sweden's prostitution laws were so successful, prostitution was almost extinct in Sweden.

427 suspects in one case? Now I'm all confused again.
17:10 March 24, 2011 by Playmaker
crazy... selling sex is one of the oldest jobs ever right next to soldier. let people do as they will as long as no one gets hurt.
18:00 March 24, 2011 by eZee.se
"of course this still isn't as bad as back in the 90's when the Femi-Nazis were trying to force men to pee sitting down"

You're kidding right?

This law is even more retarded if you really think about it.

It's supposed to protect women BUT if you logically think about it: most guys are stronger than most women so... isn't it going to be more like:

"You tell on me #"¤#% and I'm going to beat you up."

OR

"Once I get out of jail I'm going to find you and..."

and with Sweden's sorry jail times the 2nd threat above is far more likely; if multiple rape gets you 6 months to 2 years in a very nice 4star jail, pimping gets you little to nothing, and when you are out.. you're not scared to go back for another holiday.

Nice laws you got there dear feminist morons, way to go in protecting women against men and their evil penises...
18:57 March 24, 2011 by mojofat
"Police were able to identify 427 suspects through phone taps and by tracking some 16,000 phone calls and text messages sent to the women's phones. Of the suspects, 36 have confessed to paying for sex."

Good lord, are the police this thorough when it comes to terrorism...or anything else? How many detectives did this stazi-esque monitoring of private citizens require? All b/c some guy got a BJ and paid for it? Man oh man...what a retarded law.
20:27 March 24, 2011 by mikewhite
Caption: "Excuse me young lady, could you direct me to the nearest filling station ?"
20:54 March 24, 2011 by Arturio
I think that selling sex must be legalized and taxed all over the europe
22:13 March 24, 2011 by hugedingleberry
If I take a swedish chick out for dinner, drinks, and perhaps some live music, then get laid, am I not inadvertently paying for sex? Should I not be arrested?

As Charlie Seen once stated " the only difference between taking a girl out on a dinner date, getting laid and paying for the prostitute is that I can kick the prostitute out of the bed when I am ready to go to sleep" :-) (paraphrased for you kiddies out there)
02:24 March 25, 2011 by jackx123
dingleberry: excellent point. it also makes marriage illegal. in fact marriage should be made illegal in any case since 50% break up regardless and just incur costs on both parts.
08:06 March 25, 2011 by Da Goat
I have yet to meet a man who has not paid for sex, some pay a lot more than others as pointed out above, perhaps we should all confess and sign into jail. then when all the men are in jail the fem-grisar will realise they have won a hollow victory and grow up and blow away!
10:04 March 25, 2011 by LonelyLove
Saudi Arabia and Sweden.

The 2 most sexually repressed countries in the world.
11:05 March 25, 2011 by locaxy
Stupid country is the one that criminalize victimless crimes.

Some countries are still criminalizing homosexuality and heathen thoughts, and others (so-called liberals) are banning herbs and sex-as-a-service.

Shame!!!
11:21 March 25, 2011 by flintis
Control it & tax the providers, after all it is the worlds oldest profession whether your married to her or not
15:16 March 25, 2011 by Hoath
I get the feeling that most of the problems of prostitution/paying for sex are actually caused by its illegality. It would be better to tackle the poverty that leads women and men having to sell their bodies for sex rather than criminalising people who just need some human affection.
23:19 March 25, 2011 by Rebel
Comment: Kinda interesting -- in Sweden it is illegal to demand your wife have sex with you, but if you go out to purchase it that is also illegal.
05:51 March 26, 2011 by DJECKY
Oh,,, i see now!! so each call or text message i send the police are bahind me.Thats very good am going to look for thier Anti.to make sure am always one step ahead of them.

Why should the police be monitering ppl privatecy?thats invation of private enjoyment.even as am writing like this Mr police is behind me THANKS TO THE LOCAL I NEVER KNEW THIS.
11:33 March 26, 2011 by unforgiven
A return flight to Berlin (1h from Stockholm or Göteborg) costs about 1000 SEK [1]. It's definitively much easier and cheaper to go and do it there than letting the police monitor your life here in Sweden and bust your balls!

[1] www.airberlin.com
17:51 March 26, 2011 by volvoman9
Lots of interesting comments here. However statistics I have read indicate that it is more often men rather than feminists that have sought to criminalize the sale of sex. Not that both have not played a role but I don't think we can generalize to much as to the reason for it's criminalization.

Women tend to be more pragmatic about the sex issue and men have a need to control women in society.

Although I would agree that there is a duality of terms in the Swedish laws I would submit that @hoath has made the only significant point in this thread. It would serve us more to correct the underlying reason for sex as a commodity but one constant shines through. The difference in sexual needs for most men and women is, I feel, an underlying issue. Men need sex as physical desire and women more as an emotional one. Not that the two are that simple but the difference in needs is the reason that this problem exists. Fixing it is another problem all together.
19:23 March 26, 2011 by hugedingleberry
@volvoman9 - dude you write like my sociology professor. Thanks for the sobering comments. Damn another F on contribution.
09:45 March 27, 2011 by volvoman9
Thanks.... I think. Great moniker by the way.
23:42 March 28, 2011 by wenddiver
Women and Men are wired exactly the same. If you offer sex most women, like most men want it. We have been socialized to believe that Women are more emotional and such. Go spend a week in Las Vegas and find out that Women think exactly the same way sexually. My buddy Lou always hit onalmost every female he met and most gave them their phone number and of them probably 80% had sex with him.

Sorry, if your one of thoe people trying to prove your special or personal worth by having sex with someone, but the urge to reproduce is pretty strong in all primates.
12:26 March 30, 2011 by Clarabow
My dear Gran, bless her, came from a generation where men and women married, young, usually locally, and stayed together for life. Apparently there were few social problems. I am sure she is tut tutting from the grave. But I am not sure despite the freedom of the individual to choose, prostitution is a good career choice? And I think you will find the majority who sell their sex, hate their line of work. Soul destroying? But evidence of the downside of our brave new world -

"In Malmö, a 14-year-old mentally handicapped girl who fled from a nearby youth care facility was at the centre of a pimping trial involving 10 men. She had been told by other girls at the home where she could go to attempt to sell sex.

And last year, former police commissioner Göran Lindberg was convicted of several cases of rape and prostitution, one of which involved a 17-year-old girl who had been placed in a youth care facility".

In the UK the police have had to set up a special unit to deal with criminal gangs who force young women to be sex slaves; it is harrowing stuff.

Beauty, of course, means that you can probably marry a career choice, but alas most aren't/won't.

I am not sure why this has produced an anti feminist backlash on this site by some? I would write the same if it was mostly men being paid or forced into sex and all the vile stuff that goes with it - unless you think prostitution is some sort of bed of roses. Morning darling, I have a meeting at 9, so could you drop the kids off. I'll be on the game until lunch, maybe we could meet up then and go shopping. I have 5 clients from 3 pm - so will be busy until about 5.30. And a house party this evening; lots of men coming by. Memo to self, remember to take some pills, nothing like a haze to get you through the night. Maybe we could look at that new car tomorrow; oh and how about a weekend in Berlin?

What sort of life do you think a prostitute has?
14:17 January 3, 2012 by janeway
You can not be for real, but unfortunately you all are! You are blaming some made up feminist nazis (which in itself is an oxymoron; look it up you ignorants!), when it's actually male politicians who have criminalixed purchasing of sexual services. But you're not only a bunch of ingnorant womenhating a-holes, you are also not aware of who runs the country.

And since prostitution is a victimless crime, as you put it, and a matter of free will, why not introduce your wifes, daughters, sisters nieces, granddaughters, etc, in this perfectly leagal and so profitable business? Well, that won't happen because itäs perfectly OK for other people's daughters, sisters, mothers to be prostitutes and forced to sell their own bodies to men who despices women. I would recommend you to read Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy, but it would just be a waste of time, since none of you are capable of connecting the dots! Good riddance all of you and I hope I never meet any of you lowlifes!
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