Swedish police in major paedophile sting

A man in Uppland in central Sweden is suspected of raping a minor and exploiting more than 70 young girls who were coerced into exposing themselves on the internet. The police investigation has been described as the largest of its kind in Sweden to date.

The man, who is reported to come from the county of Uppland, north of Stockholm, is in his thirties.

He is suspected of having exploited as many as 70 girls, according to local newspaper Uppsala Nya Tidning (UNT).

“The investigation has grown exponentially. I do not know of any other case with this scope,” said the prosecutor Thomas Bälter Nordenman to the newspaper.

The suspect is alleged to have used threats to coerce the girls, many of whom were under 15-years-old, to strip and carry out sexual acts in front of a web camera.

The case became the subject of an investigation in the autumn, when the man was reported for having raped a 14-year-old girl. The girl also reported to police that she had been coerced into performing sexual acts in front of a web camera.

The IP address was traced, the man was arrested, and police managed to recover 1,500 chat conversations with various girls. A wealth of tip-offs lead to the identification of the large number of girls.

The prosecutor hopes to charge the man in May for, among other things, rape of a child, sexual coercion and aggravated sexual exploitation of children.

“I am going to seek a long custodial sentence,” said Thomas Bälter Nordenman to UNT.

The suspect, who has been in custody for four months, confirmed through his lawyer that he denies the charges.

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Swedes ‘like it hot’: Erotic audiobooks all the rage

The number of Swedes listening to audiobooks has nearly doubled in just two years and a big part of the explosive growth is driven by an insatiable desire for erotic tales and romance novels.

Swedes 'like it hot': Erotic audiobooks all the rage
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Broadcaster SVT reported on Wednesday that 37 percent of the Swedish population listened to an audiobook last year, a marked increase over the 20 percent who did the same in 2016. 
While audiobook streaming services report that all categories of audiobooks have seen increased listenership, certain types of books are clearly leading the way. 
“Amongst the listening public, genres such as romance, ‘feel good’ novels and eroticism are growing. We are thus seeing increased demand [from listeners] as well as an increase in the number of publishers who are putting out these types of books,” Anna Riklund, the head of content curation at audiobook streaming service Bookbeat, told SVT. 
She said that the growing number of Swedes who want to listen to racy novels has led several publishers to launch imprints that focus exclusively on erotic literature. 
Audiobook streaming service Storytel also reported increased interest in erotic and romance novels, particularly among female listeners. Listener numbers peak around Valentine’s Day and during the hot summer months. 
Author Susanne Ahlenius, whose erotic novels include titles such as ‘Climax’ and ‘Lust 2.0’, said that the audiobook format is perfect for fans of the genre. 
“You don’t have to sit with a paperback that shows what you are reading. No one knows what you’re listening to,” she told SVT. 
Ahlenius said that her books are most successful when she “writes very explicitly and there is a lot of sex”. 
“People like it hot,” she said.