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Seven arrests as police smash trafficking ring

TT/The Local · 7 Dec 2009, 14:58

Published: 07 Dec 2009 14:58 GMT+01:00

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Three suspects were arrested in Malmö in southern Sweden and four more suspects were detained in Stockholm County on suspicions of human trafficking and aggravated pimping.

The police said in a statement that the case involves a number of women who were subjected to human trafficking for sexual purposes during 2008 and 2009.

A police spokesperson from Skåne in southern Sweden told the TT news agency that police don’t plan on releasing any more details about the case at this time.

“We’ll say more when we feel that we can do so,” Bo Lundquist of the Skåne police told news agency TT.

The investigation against the suspects, who allegedly recruited their victims from west Africa, has been ongoing since the spring.

The seven arrests took place through cooperative efforts between police in Skåne, Stockholm, and the National Criminal Investigation Department (Rikskriminalpolisen).

Law enforcement authorities and organizations in other countries were also involved in the investigation.

The seven suspects will face a remand hearing at the end of the week.

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Police also said they may arrest more people in the case.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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15:50 December 7, 2009 by determined
Pack them in the plane and drop them from the sky in thick african jungle.
16:18 December 7, 2009 by Beynch
One easily implementable solution, where a lot could be gained, would be if Sweden left the Schengen Agreement. Re-introduce passport controls at all ports of entry.
17:21 December 7, 2009 by Nemesis
@ determined

That sounds like a good idea, although I think mid atlantic might also be an option.

@ Beynch

I wonder how that would affect your application for visa to stay in Sweden?
21:52 December 7, 2009 by krigeren
Nice to see the police making some progress in this area.
03:32 December 8, 2009 by Davey-jo
" aggravated pimping" means raping & beating up women and forcing them into prostitution. This is not a joking matter.
07:50 December 8, 2009 by Harding00
I agree with Beynch when he/she said "Re-introduce passport controls at all ports of entry." I am an American living in Sweden and I don't understand how easy it is to go from one European country to the next without going through any sort of passport control. My (Swedish) wife and I went to Italy (from Sweden) for our honeymoon and my passport was never looked at upon arriving in Italy, or when coming back to Sweden. I understand that Europe wants to have free and open borders, but all it takes is one EU country that has lax rules when it comes to entering their country and now people have unlimited access to the rest of Europe. Maybe if they did have passport controls at all ports of entry (and I am not saying get rid of the Visa Waiver Program) then maybe smuggling of humans and goods could be (somewhat) avoided. I also, understand that yes, people will always find ways of smuggling things and people into a country, but the complete and open borders of Europe just make it that much easier.
12:12 December 8, 2009 by bocale1
Harding00, do you mean that you show your passport when driving from Texas to Oklahoma, back in US?

So, what is the problem is not having internal check points between EU states?
14:47 December 8, 2009 by Harding00
Well, last time I checked, the United States was one country (unless I have lived in Sweden too long) whereas Europe consists of many. And yes the US has separate states, and most laws are state laws, but we also have the FBI, department of homeland security, etc. Europe has Europol, but they are not technically a police force, they can merely request help from member countries. Also, the US has an (unofficial) main language, English, Europe has many languages. The EU has much less power over the member countries compared to the federal government of the US over states. So, I clearly think there is a distinction between going through passport control in Europe versus between states within the US. Also, it is the federal government of the US that guards the border, and they have a set standard of security, and who not to allow into the US, etc. In Europe every country is in charge of their own border, so, going back to my main point of my previous post; if a person can legally enter a country that has lax rules regarding entry, they have free reign over Europe, even if another country would not have allowed that person into their country (or into Europe in general).
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