Two Swedes convicted for selling illegal porn

Two porn peddlers from northwestern Sweden have been convicted for selling pornographic films with exceedingly violent content.

The trial of a third man implicated in the case has been delayed.

“It makes you feel sick,” said prosecutor Peter Larsson to the TT news agency when discussing the films, which contained scenes in which women are whipped, and their breasts and genitals are burned with cigarettes or dripping wax.

Police raided three pornography shops in Charlottenberg, a village of 2,000 people in Värmland county near the Norwegian border, in the autumn of 2005.

The shop owners had been the subject of a two-year investigation during which 235 DVDs and videos were confiscated.

Approximately one hundred of the films were returned before the indictment, but the remaining films were considered too risqué for approval by Sweden’s state film censorship agency (Statens Biografbyrå).

All the films were produced in other countries, and many had German titles.

The censorship agency accused the shops of selling pornographic films which depicted violence that violated the country’s censorship regulations.

Under Sweden’s rules on censorship, it is a crime to show or distribute films which include “depictions of sexual violence or coercion, or explicit or protracted scenes of severe violence, unless this is justified in view of the particular circumstances.”

On Wednesday, the Värmland District Court issued its judgments against two of the men implicated in the case.

According to the ruling, the 51-year-old man received a suspended sentence and was fined the equivalent of 120 days’ pay for having sold 14 illegal films. Four additional films sold by the man were found not to violate censorship laws.

In addition, an 87-year-old man, who sold one illegal film, was fined the equivalent of 50 days’ pay.

A third store owner accused in the case, a 45-year-old man, is charged with distributing around 140 films featuring extremely violent pornography, but his trial has been delayed due to uncertainty about who should be held responsible for the films.

The films also show women being stabbed with needles, receiving electric shocks on their genital region, and having weights clipped to their nipples and genitals.

According to the court, some of the women in the films appear to be drugged.

“It’s hard to watch. It makes you feel sick,” said prosecutor Peter Larsson to the TT news agency.

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Tentacle fetishist to bring back ‘Swedish sin’

Swedish fetish pin-up Calamity Amelie is on a mission to ensure adult entertainment actors are properly paid, to put Sweden back on the industry map with the help of rubber tentacles, and wants women to be valued for more than their looks.

Tentacle fetishist to bring back 'Swedish sin'

The Stockholm-based performer, who has been working as a fetish model since she was 17, is seeking funding to make a tentacle erotica film. So far, she has raised almost half of the $2,000 required to get the project off the ground. The need to pay actors properly comes after four years of research about online content.

“Things have drastically changed with all the free stuff on the internet. Sweden’s industry scene is pretty much gone now,” Amelie told The Local.

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To combat this, Amelie has dared to seek thousands of dollars to produce new films in her Swedish Sin project. Her first task is a tentacle flick, which has sci-fi elements and draws inspiration from Japan. Along with paying the actors well, Amelie will use the money to make giant rubber tentacles that will feature in the film.

She said working as a model in a narrow genre, where she has been intimately involved in everything from make-up to prop making, has made her appreciate aesthetics, but also helped her draw a line in the sand between her work and her private life.

“People might expect you to be stupid, shallow and easy to get into bed,” she said. “They might see you as a trophy… (but) I know I am so much more than just a hot girl in a photo.”

“It’s kind of an oxymoron to be a model and say this, but society needs to stop valuing women’s looks as their best asset,” she added. “To understand the difference between a posed photography with different light settings and post-production, and my everyday self, and to be absolutely comfortable with my everyday self feels great.”

While her family, to whom she said she is not close, at times expressed concern about her chosen career, she said that among her colleagues the most hostile feedback comes from other women.

“I have friends who are big names in the industry in Los Angeles, and it’s really sad when they show me how much hate they get from other women,” she said, adding that her colleagues are accused of everything from being disgraceful to lacking in female solidarity. They are also labelled as “self-destructive little girls”, which Amelie considers to be belittling.

“I think that’s really sad, and I believe in supporting each other in whatever active choices we make as adults,” she said.

Amelia, who considers herself a feminist, has long pondered how to label adult entertainment videos feminist. Is any pornography feminist if it is created by women? Or is it content that must be put under the feminist loupe?

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“Is it created by or for women? Does it go against the mainstream norm and if so, in what way? What’s the motive? Is everyone participating mentally well?” she said. “These are questions that might be feminist matters, but it’s also a question of personal taste. I don’t view mainstream content as the main problem, but rather the lack of alternatives.”

As an aesthete, she is also concerned about the lack of artistry in much production, but as in regards to feminism, it’s a certain kind of “female gaze” that she feels is lacking.

“Since mainstream pornography is targeting heterosexual men, you never get to see men portrayed the same way as women,” Amelie said.

And while Sweden in the sixties and seventies was considered a beacon of female sexual liberation, Amelia thinks Sweden has become more conservative.

“I think liberal and conservative influences go back and forth between decades, but like most countries Sweden is also influenced by the USA. We have a strong feminist movement to be proud of here, but all different kinds of feminists don’t share the same views about sexual open-mindedness,” she said.

“I, as a feminist, believe our industry can be a positive thing, while more conservative feminists believe the opposite. I assume the attitude to pornography and understanding sexual minorities hasn’t been a priority subject for the feminist movement here, which is why we haven’t caught up on the subject.”

Patrick Reilly

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Editor’s Note: The Local’s Swede of the Week is someone in the news who – for good or ill – has revealed something interesting about the country. Being selected as Swede of the Week is not necessarily an endorsement.