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Prison for sex buyer blackmailers

Three men have been imprisoned for the robbery and blackmail of men looking to buy sex from teenage girls over the internet. The men posed as young girls on chat sites to lure the unsuspecting would-be clients into their scam.

Lund district court on Tuesday sentenced the gang’s leader, a 23-year-old man, to two years and nine months in jail for robbery, blackmail and receiving stolen goods. The other two men, aged 32 and 48-years-old, were given sentences of two years and one year and nine months respectively.

A 26-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman involved in the case were given fines and sentenced to community service.

The gang came into contact with their victims through an internet chat forum, where they posed as teenage girls looking to sell sex.

When the clients turned up at the agreed meets there was no young woman waiting for them and instead they were met by members of the gang who in several cases threatened and robbed the men.

On several occasions the gang made use of public computers at a Landskrona council employment office to carry out their deception.

The ten victims of the scam, all men from southern Sweden, were also awarded damages totalling 120,000 kronor ($15,350).

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Swedish pastor admits to buying sex

A pastor from central Sweden has been convicted of buying sex from a prostitute after being nabbed when police broke up a major pimping operation.

Swedish pastor admits to buying sex

The pastor, a man in his early fifties, was ordered to pay a fine of 15,000 kronor ($2,300) and has been temporarily relieved of his duties with the Church of Sweden (Svenska kyrkan).

“What I did was really stupid and it’s something I deeply regret,” the pastor told the Expressen newspaper.

The pastor was home by himself looking at the websites of various escort services before deciding to call one of the numbers.

He requested to have a woman come to his home address where police, who had been tracking a suspected pimping operation with ties to Romania, were on hand to watch the pastor let the woman into his home.

The pastor then paid the woman 1,500 kronor before they both disrobed and engaged in sexual intercourse, he admitted to police during a subsequent interrogation, Expressen reported.

The case was tied to a large pimping operation through which young women from Romania were sold for sex to clients in Sweden. The operation was managed through a call-centre based in Romania.

“These woman were used as if they were on a conveyor belt,” detective Anders Nilshagen of the police’s human trafficking section told the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

Four men have since been convicted for their role in running the pimping ring, which was in operation for 18 months.

Meanwhile, he pastor has been temporarily stripped of his duties in the wake of the sex buying scandal.

“This can’t happen. It’s totally unacceptable,” Church of Sweden spokesman Pär Sandberg told DN.

The cathedral chapter is set to review the pastor’s case later this month and take a stand on his future with the church.

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