• Sweden's news in English

Unwitting Stockholmers sublet flats to prostitutes

3 Sep 2012, 14:05

Published: 03 Sep 2012 14:05 GMT+02:00

“A few years ago most of the arrests were in hotels, but this has changed. Today the majority of our hits are in normal apartments,” explained Simon Häggström of the Stockholm police to the Metro newspaper.

The homeowners, who are often renting their flat while they’re away on holiday, are completely unaware of what’s going on behind their own closed doors.

“When we have localized the women who sell sex at some address it is often discovered that the house belongs to a completely normal family who is away on holiday, and who doesn’t have the slightest intention of renting it out to prostitutes.”

The police explained that the sex workers are hard to catch, as they are often only working in each home for a short period of time, however the investigations are made easier by tips from the public.

Such tips can come from disgruntled and unsatisfied customers, neighbours, or even other prostitutes who are competing for business.

One woman, named by Metro as Sara, unknowingly rented her apartment in central Stockholm to a prostitute. She didn’t find out until returning to Stockholm and finding a message from the police.

“It felt disgusting. I wanted to just burn the bed and move house,” she told the paper.

Later, the homeowner used Google to check the tenant’s phone number and discovered an array of sexually explicit images together with a price list: 2,000 kronor ($302) for an hour, 1500 kronor for 30 minutes, and 1,000 kronor for oral sex.

Story continues below…

However, while the incident at Sara’s apartment is yet to lead to any arrests, the homeowner herself has come to question exactly who suffers from the ruse.

“When you get a little perspective on things – I’m not actually the victim here. I think of how the girls have ended up as prostitutes, whether they’ve been exposed to people smuggling and how they live today,” she told the paper.

The Local/og

Follow The Local on Twitter

Your comments about this article

15:36 September 3, 2012 by Abe L
"When you get a little perspective on things - I'm not actually the victim here. I think of how the girls have ended up as prostitutes, whether they've been exposed to people smuggling and how they live today"

Typical Swedish ignorance - because after all who would voluntarily choose an occupation that pays 2000SEK/hour. Oh wait... work one day a month and you've made more money then you'd receive in welfare. It's an absolute myth that people working in prostitution and escort services are all forced to do so.

If they could just legalise prostitution, which has been successful in numerous countries and turn it into a regular occupation then it helps everyone. The prostitutes would pay tax and would be able to rent a normal space to practice their occupation as a legal tenant.
15:51 September 3, 2012 by procrustes
#! The issue isn't about a rational society, it's about a radical Feminist agenda, the idea being control sex and you control men. Read the book, "The End of Men" and you'll get an idea of what's going on.

In the Eighties, Sweden had a radical group (maybe it still exists) called Group Eight. There agenda was the complete subjugation of men. Fortunately, the far greater majority of Swedish women don't buy into Group Eight mentality, but they have been sold on Woman as Victim. Someday someone will point out that seeing ones self as a victim is very debilitating and leads to a plethora of personality problems.
16:04 September 3, 2012 by Twiceshy
> "It felt disgusting. I wanted to just burn the bed and move house," she told the paper.

Maybe she should have thought about that before renting out your bed and house for a quick "buck".
16:15 September 3, 2012 by Nvd
Welcome to the kingdom of Saudi Sweden.

No one cares about the women working in hazardous condition to make their shoes, clothes and purses.

Has anyone cared about the social status and security of prostitutes?

Women are just afraid that their sex deprived men will get it somehow. The deprivation, that is acting as the taming tool.

Sara: Please change the sheet. Save the planet. ;)
18:45 September 3, 2012 by prince T
@twiceshy. I dont believe sara. The pimps are of questionable characters and the prostitutes. How did sara not know the person she renting her house to is not dubious. Spare me her cock n bull story
19:20 September 3, 2012 by luke123
"The police explained that the sex workers are hard to catch, as they are often only working in each home for a short period of time, however the investigations are made easier by tips from the public."

What is this all about ??????? Why would the police want to catch sex workers engaged in a fully legal business?
20:33 September 3, 2012 by StockholmSam
@luke123 Most likely, the ladies are not paying their taxes. It is not a question of morality, ethics, trafficking or exploitation. It is about making sure the F-skatt is square.
10:38 September 4, 2012 by me_i_sverige
Isn't it legal to sell sex in Sweden? I read it's only illegal to buy. So, why police are after seller? They should listen to their lawyer.
15:07 September 4, 2012 by avatar
give the bed to a poor person rather than burning it
19:15 September 4, 2012 by irridium
I wonder if she went through a rental service or if she did it on her own. I've been renting out my apartment for years but have always gone through a rental company. At least I know then that the people staying at my place have been screened beforehand.
Today's headlines
Baby dies after midwife denies woman's request for c-section
Uppsala University Hospital. Photo: Fredrik Persson/TT

The midwife insisted on six attempts at vaginal birth before an emergency caesarean section was carried out.

Don't let them bite! Bedbugs proliferate in Swedish hotels
Swedish bedbug fighter Jonny Ström does his thing in 2014. Library photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

The number of bedbugs in Swedish hotels has doubled in recent years, according to figures from pest control firm Anticimex.

Swedish state agencies 'outsource jobs to spies'
The Stockholm headquarters of the Swedish Security Service, Säpo. File photo: Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT

Foreign countries are trying to infiltrate the Swedish state by winning government contracts, it has been claimed.

What's on in Sweden
The most stunning Swedish festival spots this week
The Norberg Festival at an old ore mine. Photo: Peo Bengtsson

How about a party on an island, in an old quarry or a former mining camp? That's all on offer in Sweden this week.

Swedish police backtrack on 'gunfight' claims
The scene of the shooting on June 22nd. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Police have retracted a claim that a suspected gunman had fired shots at a patrol unit before officers shot him dead.

Crayfish poachers send Swedes' blood boiling
Has anyone seen this crayfish? Photo: Hasse Holmberg/TT

Oh no, not just before crayfish season!

Police hunt suspected gunman, 22, in Malmö
Rosengård Centrum. Photo: Simon Paulin/SvD/TT

Malmö police are looking for a 22-year-old suspect in connection with a shooting at a shopping centre in Rosengård.

Really old stinky cheese found on royal Swedish shipwreck
A diamond ring, the stinky cheese and gold coins. Photo: Lars Einarsson/Kalmar County Museum

Swedish scientists have discovered what is believed to be 340-year-old cheese on board a 17th century shipwreck.

Man charged with groping girls at kids' football cup
The accused in court. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT

A 36-year-old sports manager whose team was sent home from Sweden after he was accused of groping three teenage girls at an international children's football tournament now faces trial.

Concern over barrage of fake Russian news in Sweden
The Russian propaganda site Sputnik News

Sweden is being subjected to constant disinformation campaigns by Russia and Isis, according to authorities.

Sponsored Article
What can newcomers learn about Sweden at Almedalen?
Why Sweden's high taxes are not as high as you think
What's haggis in a condom doing on Swedish children's TV?
Meet the northern Swede who is the world's best mosquito killer
Blog updates

26 July

A summer of change; a summer of beauty (The Diplomatic Dispatch) »

"You would have had to try hard to miss the political upheavals in the UK after…" READ »


22 July

After the horror, carry on regardless (Globally Local) »

"This time last week, we were just digesting the horror of the Nice killings, in which…" READ »

Sponsored Article
Gran Canaria: Where Swedes go to work (and play)
Sweden's Hollywood star Alicia Vikander puts her pen in the bottle
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
People-watching: July 22nd-24th
The Local Voices
The Jewish Syrian who dreams of rebuilding his country
Watch this Swedish weather host leave his fly open... on live TV
Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
The Local Voices
'I fled war in Syria. I never expected to be beaten in Sweden'
Sponsored Article
Five easy ways to travel more often
WATCH: Asylum seeker brutally beaten by Swedish bus driver
Why everyone is talking about Sweden's GTA pride parade
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
EU hits truck cartel with record price fixing fine
Sponsored Article
'Sweden's Lauryn Hill' touches the country's musical soul
OPINION: Why Sweden is the most extreme country in the world
The Local Voices
'There is equality in accommodation in Sweden: Everyone is suffering'
Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
Property of the week: Gräsö, Östhammar
Sponsored Article
Local guide: the best of Berlin
People-watching: July 15th-17th
Sponsored Article
Why you need a EuroBonus American Express Card
How to make sure you're not caught out by Sweden's old bank notes
Business & Money
Why Sweden has been named the most innovative country in Europe
Terror attack: what should you do?
French expat on the moment he was assaulted by a Stockholm bouncer
Gunman? Nah, smartphone Swede
The Local Voices
'If the war in Syria ended today, would you go back?'
The Local Voices
‘I feel like I’m living in a grave!’
IN PICTURES: Sweden's Princess Victoria celebrates 39th birthday
People-watching: July 13th
Swedes discover surprise mountain
What Sweden's home secretary thinks of Britain's new PM
Property of the week: Smedjebacken, Dalarna
The Local Voices
'Even xenophobic Swedes can be polite’
WATCH: A very Swedish take on Brexit...
The Local Voices
'The best time to be smuggled to Europe is August 20th, 2015'
The Local Voices
Swedes: Stop obsessing over your material life and start talking to strangers
jobs available