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Stockholm mum acquitted of trafficking

TT/Rebecca Martin · 3 Jun 2011, 09:53

Published: 03 Jun 2011 09:53 GMT+02:00

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The Polish women, reported to be in their early twenties, were forced to work as cleaners and nannies for up to 19 hours per day, seven days a week in return for slave wages.

It was discovered at the time that the young women were housed in a cramped closet in a lavishly furnished three-bedroom apartment in the Stockholm suburb of Solna.

According to newspaper reports the young women were subjected to threats of violence and were forced to steal clothing and home decor on behalf of their employer who had originally promised them a monthly wage of 10,000 kronor ($1,400).

One of the women in fact received eight kronor a day for four months, while another received no money at all, according to the charge sheet.

The matter was brought to the attention of the police after one of the women was able to report the treatment to the Polish embassy in Stockholm.

However, the Court of Appeal found on Friday that although the woman had tricked the four Polish women to come and work for her in Sweden, paying them less than she had initially promised, it was not a case of human trafficking.

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Instead the woman was convicted of fraud.

Instead of serving 2 years she will now have her sentence shortened to 10 months in prison.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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10:43 June 3, 2011 by Nemesis
This is trafficking, plain and simple.

She brought the women to Sweden on false pretences and treated them as less than human.

She should either be jailed or even better deported to Poland, to justify her actions to the Polish. That would wake her up.

That Swedish court is a disgrace.

Polish people are human beings. They are not animals or untermensch.

Polish people are hard workers and deserve to be treated with respect and paid farily for the work they perform.

Anyone paying a person less money for a job, because they are Polish or any other nationality, is racist scum.
10:57 June 3, 2011 by Rishonim
Swedish legal system never stop amusing me. I can only imagine the judge in this case probably felt the Polish women deserve the mental abuse.
11:45 June 3, 2011 by Brtahan
Hahah system works only on the weak and poor, she should be imprisoned for 2 yrs mininum , all of us are same polish or not , no race is better than the other!
11:48 June 3, 2011 by ruimove
I see, fraud is more important then trafficking, all about the money!
15:33 June 3, 2011 by wenddiver
Why doesn't somebody film the Swedish court for a reality TV show??? It really is quite goofy.
15:49 June 3, 2011 by Swedesmith
She should serve the 10 months in closet she kept her slaves in. B*tch.
18:43 June 3, 2011 by PaulTheOctopus
today some eastern europeans work the same like africans used to work in USA couple decades ago
20:50 June 4, 2011 by NachoMan
Will she have to pay back wages and/or be subject to civil action?
13:40 June 5, 2011 by Dave N
"Stockholm mum"? Who the hell dreams up the headlines on the Local?
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