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Ten charged in Malmö teen pimping scandal

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13:13 CEST+02:00
Charges were filed on Wednesday in Malmö against 10 men suspected of having sold a mentally handicapped 14-year-old girl for sex.

The girl is alleged to have been sexually abused and raped by several different men after she ran away from a foster home last spring.

Seven men have been charged with aggravated child rape, with three of them also facing charges of human trafficking, with an alternative charge of aggravated pimping.

The other three suspects are charged respectively with child rape; human trafficking with an alternative charge of aggravated pimping; and assisting in human trafficking with an alternative charge of aggravated pimping, according to the TV4 affiliate in Malmö.

All of the suspects are men ages 16- to 67-years-old.

It was back on March 17th when the 14-year-old girl escaped from a foster home in a nearby municipality before ending up in the Rosengård district of Malmö.

Under the influence of drugs, she began offering to have sex for money, catching the attention of two of the men charged in the case, TV4 reports.

The two men then took her to a public toilet and had sex with her before later taking her to a nearby apartment where several men took advantage of her sexually during a party.

From there she was taken to a night club where she was drugged and forced to have sex with several more men.

“It could be up to 20,” prosecutor Ulrika Rogland told TV4.

The case is reminiscent of another case involving a mentally handicapped 14-year-old girl who was also sold for sex. In that case, investigators were unable to track down the customers who paid for sex with the teen.

The present case is also significant because it represents the first time that prosecutors in Sweden have attempted to classify pimping crimes as human trafficking.

“I think these crimes are more serious, more like human trafficking than primping,” Rogland told TV4, pointing out that the girl was transported between different locations and used sexually by several different men.

The trial is set to start on September 23rd and is expected to last 10 days.

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