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Swedes jailed for running Philippine cybersex den

AFP/The Local · 11 May 2011, 09:45

Published: 11 May 2011 09:16 GMT+02:00
Updated: 11 May 2011 09:45 GMT+02:00

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A court in the southern Philippines found Bo Stefan Sederholm, 31, and Emil Andreas Solemo, 35, guilty of human trafficking on Tuesday and sentenced both to unprecedented life terms, court clerk Nelison Salcedo told AFP.

"Disrespect for Filipino women and violations of our laws deserve the strongest condemnations from this court," Salcedo quoted regional trial court judge Jeoffre Acebido as saying in his ruling.

"It will not shirk from its duty to impose the most severe of penalties against anybody, be he a foreign national or a citizen of this country, who tramples upon the dignity of a woman by taking advantage of her vulnerability."

"Disrespect for Filipino women and violations of our laws deserve the strongest condemnations from this court," it added.

Salcedo said the two Swedes were arrested when police raided a commercial building in the town of Kauswagan in April, 2009, and found 17 naked Filipinas before computer screens.

According to the Philippine daily Sun Star, many of the women were underage.

The women were paid 15,000 pesos ($350) a month to act at the bidding of online clients who paid by credit card, Salcedo said.

"Once the client has paid for a private show, anything goes," she said, adding the women used sex toys.

Cybersex dens have become a growing problem in the impoverished Philippines, according to law enforcers and social workers.

Police have raided dozens of cybersex dens in recent years and made many arrests.

Salcedo said the ruling was a Philippine landmark because it was the first time a court had convicted anyone for their involvement in cybersex operations.

Three Filipinos who were also arrested in the raid were given 20-year prison terms, according to Salcedo.

The court found the two Swedes had set up the Internet connection and payment system, while the three Filipinos in the case worked for them, Salcedo said.

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The five convicts have 15 days to appeal the court's ruling, and remain behind bars, she said.

Par Kageby, senior consular officer for the Swedish embassy in Bangkok that oversees Sweden's consulate in Manila, confirmed the court ruling against the men.

"We learned that they have been convicted and sentenced to life in prison," Kageby said.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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10:18 May 11, 2011 by this_aint_sparta
Swedish immigrants bring crime to what ever land they go :-) May be the world should stop accepting swedish people in their land coz of the heinous crimes they do :-)
10:27 May 11, 2011 by benomax
@ this_aint-sparta: Crime can be done by any body irrespective of their nationality, so do not nationalize crimes. You should check your life for your faults, are you that perfect????????
10:42 May 11, 2011 by this_aint_sparta
@ benomax, That was satire my friend.
10:50 May 11, 2011 by Rishonim
Kudos to the Philippines legal system. Maybe their Swedish counterpart should pay attention and take note. Had this crime been committed in Sweden those scum- bags would have walk away with a slap on the wrist and a promise to never do it again.
12:09 May 11, 2011 by darky
You see what immigrants are doing?? lol IMMIGRANTS ! IMMIGRANTS ! The Swedes should go there and see the real meaning of life imprisonment. The guys must have made some good money from their deals.
12:09 May 11, 2011 by local-aam
It reflects that Swedish open sex idea sucks.
13:12 May 11, 2011 by seychelle_18
I agree @Rishonim. KUDOS Pilipinas, my Dear Motherland! I can't believe that officials in the Philippines already have the balls on decisions like this.
14:08 May 11, 2011 by djmarko
Hmm wonder when the usual suspects are going to ask whether the Swedes involved here are ethnic or immigrants!!! goes to show, no nationality has monopoly over crime!!!
14:31 May 11, 2011 by philster61
I guess the Philippino authorities would prefer the women starve to death now rather than allow the operation to continue. But at least they have their dignity....
14:36 May 11, 2011 by cookiemaster
Swedes are killed in Sweden by third worldwilders(savages) and no judge dares to sentence them for anything...they loose residence at most and thats all(remember Elin Kranz press !!?)...
16:34 May 11, 2011 by seychelle_18
Hey peeps, we should be aware that we are all responsible with each other. No matter what part of the world we are living in. Filipinos are victims of sex abuse, Swedes are killed by ''savages''. It's a cycle that we are all responsible in one way or another. Maybe first world citizens thinks they can seperate themselves over poor countries thinking that they would not be affected in any way. Perhaps any deadly air-borne elements that will not be properly taken care of from third world countries will not reach the atmosphere of rich countries. :D
17:14 May 11, 2011 by calebian22
The women were paid, and they were not held against their will. Life in prison for running a cybersex website; no actual physical contact? This ruling seems a little over the top. Either the laws in the Phillipines are extremely different, or something was left out of the story.
17:16 May 11, 2011 by Antonito
Hej cookiemaster, I myself am from the Third World but I have to accept that your term "third worldwilders" is very creative ...I understand your anger,,,,,. In certain sense you are right, laws here are quite soft compared to the, sometimes horrendous, committed crimes. On the other hand, I do not understand why authorities in Philippines are so tough with the Swedish guys. Why they don't put in jail their own people applying the same rules? We all know that prostitution is a big business there. I think they are acting like that just because Swedish are involved and not because that is a regular procedure. As a foreigner here in Sweden (as well as "local" when I am in my country) I am against discrimination and I think that is what is happening in this case in Philippines.
17:57 May 11, 2011 by haggastimes
It is now illegal to be a man: MANHOOD101. COM
18:37 May 11, 2011 by Enjoyourlife
Immigrants! Immigrants! Immigrants! lol
21:21 May 11, 2011 by virgoman
Hmmmnnn So Swedish that migrates to another country are called Immigrants. Good to know that Swedes also do bad things..........
03:06 May 12, 2011 by William Steinwachs
Yes, Calebian22 #12, a lot was left out of this story. Philippine Justice Leila de Lima last year established a special task force of prosecutors to prosecute human trafficking cases. The reason? Because drastic steps had to be taken in order for the Philippines to continue getting aid money from the United States ($450 million last year). The US had recently listed the Philippines in its Tier 2 watchlist, which means that a country is not fully complying with minimum standards for eliminating human trafficking, and a further deterioration could attract sanctions (read "reduced aid"). The United States is looking for CONVICTIONS. No matter that the Swedes had nothing to do with trafficking. The girls were there of their own accord earning 40% more than the average professional nurse earns. When the girls were "rescued" from their "wretched" circumstances they were placed in the custody of the Department of Social Welfare Development Office (DSWD) against their will. Two weeks later 15 girls overpowered the security guard at DSWD and escaped. It is apparent that the girls themselves didn't think of themselves as being "rescued." The Philippine government is using the Swedes as convenient scapegoats in order to get off the dreaded Tier 2 watchlist.
04:39 May 12, 2011 by vladpootin
Whilst I have no sympathy for the Swedes who exploited the Filipino women, make no mistake, this sentence is about the Filipino rabid form of Nationalism left over from the colonial days. The very same investigators who rescued these poor girls from their cyber-slavery, most likely were sitting in a brothel that very evening swillin Black Label and flashing their "NBI" badges and demanding a professional discount! Get real! The former head of the Nat'l police (PNP) who is now a Senator - was indicted for his direct involvement in the murder of a publicist (Dancer) and his driver (who had criticized the former President Gloria Arroyo). Senator 'Ping' Lacson fled the country and was actually on an Interpol red list but was provided false travel documents by a Philippine Consulate officer. The murder case was then fixed a year + later and the good Senator returned to the Philippines and was back to the Senate a week later. The 'Phils' is a nation saturated in commercial sex and the judge who gave the sentence of life, most likely drove by 3 cyber-sex dens, shabu (meth) dens and brothels on the way to the very courthouse this sentence was delivered!

Just Google "Trike Patrol" This is a small time group who paid the right people and they opertate in the open.
12:04 September 2, 2012 by arcieres
Its totally stupid, hahaha. What is wrong with running a cybersex den in which naked women performed acts for clients watching over the internet? It has no sense.
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