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).