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Romanian sex trafficking trial opens in Gothenburg

Published: 29 Feb 2012 17:47 GMT+01:00
Updated: 29 Feb 2012 17:47 GMT+01:00

On Wednesday the trial opened against six men suspected of operating a comprehensive human trafficking operation, bringing young women from Romania to Sweden to sell sex under deplorable conditions.

“They go down to the Rosenlund district and stay there all evening and night basically every day of the week. During the day, they sleep in an apartment and prepare for the next night. They have no life but are all completely governed by this activity,” said prosecutor Thomas Eliasson to news agency TT.

According to Eliasson, the trafficking ring is one of the largest of its kind ever uncovered in Sweden.

“These men have lured the women here to sell sex. It is exclusively a question of street prostitution,” said Eliasson to local paper Göteborgstidningen.

After bringing the women to Gothenburg the men pocketed the larger part of the women's earnings as prostitutes and held them under tight control over the telephone.

The women were allegedly made to “report in” to one of the six men they took orders from. They did not possess keys to the apartment they were living in.

According to Eliasson the women were forced to work under “disgusting and deplorable” conditions.

“The women have for several hours a night, regardless of weather and outside temperatures, been made to perform sexual favours, such as vaginal or oral intercourse, outside, in public urinals, in parking garages and in cars,” Eliasson said during the trial according to local paper Göteborgsposten.

During the proceedings he also recounted the story of one of the women who was promised a job within the elderly care sector but was raped by her first customer.

Another was six months pregnant when lured to Sweden. She was found by the police in a flat where sex purchases were taking place.

Eliasson is hoping that at least three or four of the eleven women will attend the trial. Most are back in Romania and one has a temporary residence permit for Sweden.

“It is usually hard to get them to testify. But during the preliminary investigation they have been cooperative and the women are important to make it clear how vulnerable they are and what deplorable conditions they have been living under,” said Eliasson to TT.

The six men have allegedly acted together and in agreement with several other people in Romania.

Per Ottosson of the Västra Götaland county police has previously told TT that it is not unlikely that more will be arrested.

The six charged men have allegedly sent over a million kronor ($152,600) to their relatives in Romania, money which was generated through the eleven women's sex sales on the streets of Gothenburg over the course of one year.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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21:05 February 29, 2012 by OUIJA
@Chykybee. Be my guest. You can start whining about the poor wives whose husbands have or are going to have sex with "escorts". The majority of the posters already understood the background of your whinings.
21:55 February 29, 2012 by stevo1
@ouija - Agreed.

mind you it does seem strange that none of the Romanian women did any sort of check with Swedish Authorities in regards to working here. I get spam emails all day long about dead relatives with massive amounts of cash, or jobs where i can earn 50 thousand kroner a month, a simple check online usually illustrates that it is bullsh*t!

And why didn't any of these women walk to the local Police station 12 months ago and spill the beans? Oh, Because some guy on a telephone said not too? Could it be that they were sex workers to begin with, and maybe the deplorable conditions were actually luxury compared to Romania!

Seriously, we're meant to just believe this?
22:42 February 29, 2012 by Lukestar1991
@stevo1

Are you trying to belittle the seriousness of what has been going on??

I dont reckon youd think to 'check' with the authorities when you come from one of the poorest countries in europe, let alone have access to the internet??

Why dont you read back what you said and see how ridiculous you sound?

Instead of empathising with these poor women and girls you are so cowardly that you go out of your way to criticise them and downplay their suffering.
00:33 March 1, 2012 by mcarroll1
The guys who use these poor women are cruel and callous and dont care what happens to the women they abuse. If they didnt go to use them then this would stop. The pimps are providing a service because there is a demand for this from men who are too mean or lazy or stupid to go and chat up a woman and have sex in a normal relationship. The pimps should be put in prison for a long time, but in Romania where they come from and where I imagine prison there would be too good for them. The women should be helped and supported to return to Romania with some money in their pockets. Prostitution is banned in Sweden but is very prevalent throughout the country including the swish area of Ostermalm where the dogs in the street can tell you where the pubs are that they frequent. Hotellet and Sturehof any night. What are the police doing. If a guy has a few too many drinks he is arrested but open prostitution is rife and goes with a blind eye turned by the police. They are a bad joke.
06:21 March 1, 2012 by Barnel
Before people decide to have these services they have to ask themselves what if it would be their daughter that was lured into prostitution.

Good articles on www.ariespost.com
07:48 March 1, 2012 by Lukestar1991
@Barnel

If only more people were just normal and HUMAN.

The sad thing is, the sick society we live in is geared towards this happening; both by brainwashing men and women to accept the sexual degradation of women and in its sickening obsession with power and money.
08:37 March 1, 2012 by nolikegohome
i was surprised to hear that many of the customers were young men 18 to 20 years old.These romanina girls probably were cheaper per hour thatn the swedish girls who expose themselves and sell sex via the internet.

However i hope the girls are safe in ther homes now and the pimps in jail.
13:29 March 1, 2012 by Abe L
Legalize prostitution and the problems go away.

@Barnel, I'd rather see people have any kind of job then sit at home and leech of taxpayers. If it means this line of work would allow my daughter to supply for and take care of her family then so be it. Have no problem admitting I wouldn't be proud of it. The compensation for the work is enormous given it requires no skills. It's an easy way to make good money for people who have no intention to work hard or gain skills to increase pay. There have been various documentaries of prostitutes working in countries where it's legal such as Denmark and Holland who had no problem admitting that they didn't mind the work at all and that it provided for a very generous lifestyle. They where given jobs in other places for a while, such as restaurants and production plants, but almost all of them went back to prostitution because hard work and low pay wasn't for them.
00:23 March 3, 2012 by Jeff10
Dear Mr. Abe L:

You wrote, "@Barnel, I'd rather see people have any kind of job then sit at home and leech of taxpayers."

Well, it's hoped that you meant 'than,' instead of "then." Otherwise, your sentence would mean that you want people to get jobs and "then [which means, 'following that.'] sit at home and leech of [You're missing another letter f, as, clearly, you meant off.] taxpayers."
02:55 March 3, 2012 by schmuck281
The men are charged with "bringing young women from Romania to Sweden to sell sex under deplorable conditions"

Then it would be OK if the conditions were better?
10:21 March 4, 2012 by Playmaker
How can a goverment tell anybody what to do? look if you are over 18 and you do not take or hurt anyone you should do as you like we have free will. i am a 30+ male . i work and pay taxes. thats it i did my part for society by paying taxes. if i want to go smoke pot then get a hooker who is also there on her free will why should anyone care? i bet many of these girls knew what was up. pimps are sad but sex should be legal between adults. i spent about 700:- 2 weeks ago trying to wine and dine this girl just to have sex. whats the difference. would rather pay 1000:- get it over with and then go what i want to do.
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