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Policeman ‘did not act as girlfriend’s pimp’

A police officer in Gothenburg has been cleared of pimping charges by the Court of Appeal. He was previously cleared of the same charges by Gothenburg District Court earlier this year but his former girlfriend appealed the verdict.

Policeman 'did not act as girlfriend's pimp'
Rosinha Sambo

The man, formerly a member of a Gothenburg anti-vice squad, was accused by ex-girlfriend Rosinha Sambo of trying to earn money by selling her sexual services from his bedroom.

It was not the first time that the prostitute and the policeman had met in court. After their first period together in 2002, Sambo accused the officer of beating and threatening her.

He won the subsequent court case, first in the district court, then in the appeals court. Later, when the dust had settled, they got back together again.

After they had gone their separate ways a second time Sambo claimed that she had received customers in the policeman’s bedroom while he was out. In return she paid him a monthly lump sum out of her income from prostitution.

“He gave me many hopes for the future. If I have feelings for a man then I don’t want to have sex with others. But he wanted me to have sex with customers in front of him,” Sambo told the district court in February.

The policeman denied exploiting Sambo’s prostitution for financial gain. He claimed not to have been aware that she was working from his bedroom, despite admitting to joining in on one occasion when Sambo was having sex with a customer.

“That’s how she wanted it and I went along,” he said.

He also denied Sambo’s accusation that he regularly stood behind a wardrobe watching while she had sex with customers.

She claimed in the initial court hearing that their relationship finally came to an end with her breaking the windows of his car and screaming that she was sick of having sex while he stood there masturbating.

In 2003, Rosinha Sambo became the first prostitute in Sweden to be officially recognized as a self-employed worker. But as soon as she paid her first tax bill she reported the Swedish state to the police for accepting money from a prostitute.

“That is the same as accepting money from the clients and, in my opinion, the same as pimping and receiving,” she told The Associated Press at the time.

Since 1999 it has been illegal in Sweden for customers to pay for sex. Prostitutes however are not barred from selling the services that are illegal to buy.

HEALTH

Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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