Iraqi asylum seeker bound and raped

Police are searching for three men suspected of tying up and raping a 29-year-old Iraqi woman in the Stockholm suburb Liljeholmen.

A 51 year-old Iraqi woman has been arrested on suspicion holding the woman against her will and acting as an accessory to rape.

The 29-year-old, who is currently waiting for her asylum application to be processed, was discovered by her husband.

“She was locked in for five days. They covered her mouth and bound her hands and feet with tape, then they raped her,” said police spokesman Gunnar Samuelsson.

The woman’s husband, who is also an asylum seeker, raised the alarm on Sunday after trying to visit his wife at her temporary address in Liljeholmen only to find the door locked.

“He heard a whimpering sound from inside the apartment, thought it sounded like his wife and contacted the police,” said Samuelsson.

Police entered the apartment shortly after lunchtime on Sunday. There they found the woman tied up and lying on a sofa. With her in the apartment was a 51-year-old woman who was immediately arrested.

Before being taken to hospital, the exhausted 29-year-old explained that she had been held in the apartment against her will for five days.

“She also told us the she was raped by three masked men who came to the apartment on day two,” said Samuelsson.

The 51-year-old woman was handcuffed and taken outside to a waiting police car.

She was refusing to cooperate with police when questioned about the incident on Sunday evening, Expressen reports.