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Stockholm police break up human trafficking ring

The Local/pvs · 26 Aug 2011, 10:26

Published: 26 Aug 2011 10:26 GMT+02:00

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The large number of suspects identified in the case are in the process of interviewing suspects.

"We have three days to submit a remand order and so we are in an intensive stage of the process. Interviews have been conducted with the arrested men," said Petra Sjölander at Stockholm police to The Local on Friday.

The six men, all of Lithuanian origin and aged 20-55-years-old, were arrested on Wednesday morning in a series of raids at apartments in the greater Stockholm area.

The arrests came as a result of an extended surveillance operation by the Stockholm City police department's unit for human trafficking.

"Yesterday's arrests came after a lengthy surveillance following tips that there had been a lot of coming and going at the apartments and frequent visits from various people," the police confirmed on their homepage.

The men were arrested on suspicion of charges of either human trafficking and aggravated pimping. A remand order is due on Saturday at the latest.

The case is currently reported to cover around 20 woman exploited for sexual services, but the police advise that the case could grow to include more women.

All of the affected women are reported to be Lithuanian citizens.

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Stockholm police have advised that as the investigation is in an intensive stage no further details can be published at this time.

The purchase of sexual services is a crime in Sweden and carries a penalty ranging from fines to up to a year's imprisonment.

The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:56 August 26, 2011 by Lukestar1991
Lock these excuses for human beings up and leave them to rot away. It completely astounds me how anybody in their right mind could have anything to do with this in anyway shape or form. They are not in the real world if they think this is a normal or acceptable way of life. Their actions are beyond words. The Lithuanian government should also take responsibility for this.
19:45 August 26, 2011 by luke123
Why doesn't police raid the residence of the employers of the Romanian berry pickers that where trafficked to Sweden under false pretenses and whose victims actually complain of maltreatment ?


In the above case however , is there any indication that the women are there against their will, or have been treated poorly ?
21:28 August 26, 2011 by Michael Whitfield
Deport these Lithuanian men. The women can stay or you can send the women to the USA!
07:42 August 27, 2011 by sebwojo
but i alwayswonder why do u penlise the buyer and not the seller!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
11:16 August 27, 2011 by Boar
Because it is Swedish Law. Want to make it more favourable to women. As, women are to be treated better than men. Because, women should be treated fairly. In other parts of the world the women are treated badly. At least, they should be treated a bit more than men to make a balance. That's the reason behind the law.
18:52 August 28, 2011 by burito
thats a good law,they should have it in like third world country Lituania.:)
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