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Arrest in probe of Swedish 'sex-chamber'

Arrest in probe of Swedish 'sex-chamber'

Published: 29 Mar 2011 17:08 GMT+02:00
Updated: 29 Mar 2011 17:08 GMT+02:00

A 47-year-old man was taken into custody by Swedish police on Monday after a witness linking him to the discovery of sexual torture chamber in an abandoned farmhouse in western Sweden a few weeks ago.

The discovery, made by two amateur photographers who stumbled upon the dungeon-like room while exploring the property, baffled police until the 30-year-old woman contacted them, claiming to have been held in the chamber against her will "for a longer period of time" a few years ago.

The police declined to provide details about her story, they revealed she is from western Sweden and that she had made contact with the man on an internet chat room.

Police also suspect the witness is not the only woman who was lured to the suspects underground lair.

The secret sex-chamber, accessed through a hatch in the kitchen of the abandoned cabin, consisted of a darkened room with a bed, an elaborate set of harnesses, handcuffs, lubricant, and an assortment of sex toys.

"What is important now is that more potential witnesses come forward. More women, or indeed men, held there against their will," Lars Hamrén, head of the serious crimes unit in Halmstad, said to the TT news agency.

During a press conference on Tuesday, police explained that the findings in the chamber they have led them to conclude that the room was set up a number of years ago.

After speaking with several people living in the area, the decision was made to launch a preliminary investigation into suspected kidnapping.

“It is very likely that the room has been used for sexual activities and that people have been held there against their will. Anywhere from nothing to something really quite serious, “ Hamrén said.

According to tabloid Aftonbladet, the 47-year-old denies having equipped the torture-chamber or held anyone against their will, but admitted he had been on the premises.

He is previously known to the police and reportedly came quietly when police apprehended him at his home Monday evening. He is held by the police on suspicion of kidnapping.

TT/The Local/rm (news@thelocal.se)

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20:15 March 29, 2011 by sgt_doom
I'm truly surprised this hasn't been blamed on Julian Assange of Wikileaks as well.

For the American (intelligent and informed) view of the Wikileaks story, please view link below. (thanks)

http://podcast.lannan.org/2011/03/13/glenn-greenwald-presentation-8-march-2011-video/
21:18 March 29, 2011 by Swedesmith
Hugh Hefner's summer residence....
22:44 March 29, 2011 by eZee.se
@sgt_doom,

Too soon to comment but I'm kind of leaning towards the defense going something like:

"Julian Assange made me do it" which a certain prosecutor (Ny) in Sweden will be more than happy to issue a new warrant for... and JA writing another million+ dollar book criticizing the dumb asses who run this country and who bend over for their US masters.
00:58 March 30, 2011 by Ivan Juric
Yeah blame us Aussies for everthing. Ny must of planted a boxing kangaroo flag.
08:02 March 30, 2011 by Jay777
I wonder what chat room was that, I need some suggestions for Swedish online sex chat websites...because I'm creating my own chamber :)
09:06 March 30, 2011 by Clarabow
Let's hope, among all the humour, this isn't another type of Fritzl or Fred West case - where someone actually got away with it? I hate to think what went on in that room - and personally glad the police are looking into it. The best outcome harmless activity (do you need a secret room for that? worst outcome - doesn't bear thinking about.
10:13 March 30, 2011 by bolababu
someone who have never met this man or have been there by consent may just decide to take advantage of this story to make a few bucks.
10:56 March 30, 2011 by BrittInSweden
Did the woman only just remember she was there thanks to the news story of its discovery?
11:16 March 30, 2011 by Angry Ami
Quick call Kurt Wallander!
11:21 March 30, 2011 by Kalyissa
09:06 March 30, 2011 by Clarabow

Let's hope, among all the humour, this isn't another type of Fritzl or Fred West case - where someone actually got away with it? I hate to think what went on in that room - and personally glad the police are looking into it. The best outcome harmless activity (do you need a secret room for that? worst outcome - doesn't bear thinking about.

Agreed with this :/

Hoping it's just some silly sod forgot to buy a lock for his kinkysex room with his wife,

rather than someone could well be a man or a woman who has held and probably tortured people :x

If I remember correctly they found DNA in the previous article ?
12:38 March 30, 2011 by DJECKY
This is really from nothing to something,

But why the young lady in qst never informed the police after?its means it was a mutual agreement .she enjoyed the act also maybe she was the one asking for more.
09:32 March 31, 2011 by Kalyissa
But why the young lady in qst never informed the police after?its means it was a mutual agreement .she enjoyed the act also maybe she was the one asking for more.

Not all rape victims will come forward when a crime is commited. It could well be that the humiliation of what she went through was to strong. Perhaps she could have been willing at the start but that doesn't mean that it didn't take a bad turn. But that she believed that police / etc wouldn't believe.
10:13 March 31, 2011 by Rebel
I heard Ghadaffi himself brings in innocent civilians to this place to torture them.
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