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Young girl forced to steal handbags

TT/The Local · 17 Jul 2010, 13:34

Published: 17 Jul 2010 13:34 GMT+02:00

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An international arrest warrant was issued after the man was believed to have forced the girl to steal wallets and handbags at a series of locations across Sweden.

The suspect is thought to have specifically chosen the girl because of her young age as she could not face criminal charges if caught stealing. The man is alleged to have driven her to different grocery stores on at least nine occasions and persuaded her to steal handbags from the shopping trolleys of elderly women.

The man had received permission from the girl’s parents to take her from Bulgaria to Sweden, the prosecutor said.

Swedish authorities put out a warrant for the man’s arrest in March 2009. He is suspected of human trafficking and aggravated theft, with an alternative charge of instigating aggravated theft.

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15:04 July 17, 2010 by AussieAndy
How sad. I hate people who deal in human trafficking
16:14 July 17, 2010 by Nemesis
This is sick.

Trafficking should be taken more seriously and stamped out.
22:32 July 17, 2010 by ilockitdown
i know sweden has weaker penalties in most aspects of crime, but i hope human trafficking isn't one of them, he should get many years for this.
18:11 July 18, 2010 by ehwhat?
This is a commonplace throughout the EU. Chances are very good that if you have been victimized by a pickpocket, bag snatcher, identity thief or a cash point grab, then you have met a child trafficked as a thief. The sheer quantity of funds that can be stolen versus the penalties involved insure the continuance of this lucrative trade. The children can not be charged due to their age (and the issue of coercion). The adults funnel funds back home from the targeted country ensuring an inability to recoup them. Deportation is all but meaningless in the hyper-permeable borders. And, there are always others to take on the lower level to take risks for pay far beyond their abilities at home.

The failure of the EU and others to deal with this global problem in any meaningful way is stunning.
20:25 July 18, 2010 by jack sprat
Disgusting lowlife scum!

No form of punishment is too harsh for such ppl.

Agree with ehwhat,the problem is common to quite a few European countries.
21:22 July 18, 2010 by wxman
This has been going on for centuries. They're called Gypsys.
00:22 July 19, 2010 by Da Goat
Perhaps chopping off a finger or two would help with rehabilitation!
14:24 July 19, 2010 by J Jack
Here in Mallorca, the Gypsy women dress up as Muslims and go out stealing with their children, always targeting elderly men and women as they leave supermarkets. They watch them at the checkout counters to see how much is in their wallets and then follow until they get to the electric doors where all the people get jammed up and BAM! There goes the wallet. Not only exploiting children but also exploiting Islam.
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