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Human trafficking pair imprisoned on appeal

TT/Christine Demsteader · 20 Mar 2010, 12:43

Published: 20 Mar 2010 12:43 GMT+01:00

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The court sentenced the two 25 year olds to 12 months imprisonment at the Svea Court of Appeal (Hovrätten) on Friday.

Evidence was heard that the pair of 16-year old boys left their home country on a promise of work. Instead the minors were forced to carry out crimes.

In order to travel out of Romania with the boys, the older men had persuaded both sets of parents to sign a power of attorney.

The document outlined a visiting address that they were led to believe would be their new home in Sweden but instead turned out to be the address of a Finnish prison.

Chief prosecutor Maria Sterup said she was happy that the court "finally understood that there is something called human trafficking."

Defence lawyer Peter Lindblom, however, said his clients intend to clear their names at Sweden’s Supreme Court.

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The defence team claim that no force was involved and rather it was a case of "four mates who decided to go on a roadtrip together and steal."

TT/Christine Demsteader (news@thelocal.se)

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13:43 March 20, 2010 by Nemesis
Anyone involved in trafficking should at minimum be locked up for the rest of there lives.
14:05 March 20, 2010 by double concerto
Yes, human trafficing is a medieval and sordid predatory crime that should be recognised by a suitably hard sentence. A deterrent to match this crime is badly needed in all countries justice systems armoury.
16:20 March 20, 2010 by dobermann
If I am not wrong In UK you can get up to 20 years for a such crimes..In Sweden you can get 12 month plus hotel like prison. Sweden is almost a heaven for criminals.
17:28 March 20, 2010 by double concerto
The Swedish anaemic liberal attitude towards criminal justice and sentencing is attracting the wrong kind of tourist to the country.
17:59 March 20, 2010 by dobermann
To double concerto:

You can be 100% sure about that..

It's easier to start a drug dealer career than to find a cleaners job in Sweden:)
19:20 March 20, 2010 by zooeden
Totally agreed with Nemesis...
22:50 March 20, 2010 by double concerto
These are the hard bitten species of criminal that need to be taken out of circulation for a long time for the safety of the public. All the liberal soft soap in the world will not reform them, and this is where Sweden falls down as it treats the career criminal in the same way as a juvenile delinquent. The worlds criminals are well of this Swedish blind spot and are homing in on Sweden like bees to honey.
10:27 March 21, 2010 by Douglas Garner
Lets not oversimplify this... I see several issues. 1. trafficing of persons attempting to get to another place for their own purposes without any attempt to decieve them. 2. trafficing of persons under false pretenses... a fraud in essence, promise to deliver someone and dump them on the railway tracks. 3. trafficing in people in whatever manner for use in a slavery scheme... be it cleaning house, organized crime, prostitution... any situation where the trafficed person cannot leave their situation without fear for their person or family.
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