Politician caught in teen sex scandal to step down

A high-ranking Stockholm-area politician has been fined for attempting to purchase sex from an underage girl involved in a high-profile teen sex ring.

Politician caught in teen sex scandal to step down

Åke Blomqvist, a member of the local council in Huddinge, south of Stockholm, holds a number of important positions within the municipality, including responsibility for matters relating to children and education.

However, the Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) politician has indicated he plans to quit his post before the end of the year.

The 67-year-old Blomqvist’s transgression took place last year after he came across a website offering dates and group sex. Curious, he thought it would “be interesting to try” paying for sex, he told the Metro newspaper.

“I was put in touch with a man who came to my home with a girl in the middle of the day. I paid 1,500 kronor ($220) for her, but never realized she was underage,” he told the newspaper.

Blomqvist said he came to have second thoughts and that no sex took place.

“It wasn’t my thing,” he said.

But the girl told police that she had sex with Blomqvist in his home last year.

Blomqvist was convicted of purchasing sex and fined 2,000 kronor ($290).

The case came to light as part of the police’s ongoing investigation into a high-profile group sex ring in which prominent businessmen and other professionals arranged orgies with young girls they recruited over the internet.

The mastermind behind the teen sex ring, a 40-year-old businessman, was convicted in September and sentenced to four years in prison for aggravated pimping and other charges.


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.