Court convicts man of sex chats with kids

A 40-year-old man from Uppsala, north of Stockholm, was convicted by the district court on Thursday for encouraging young girls to strip on the internet.

The man had been charged with making or trying to make a number of girls, some as young as 8 or 9, take their clothes off and act in a sexual way in front of their webcams.

According to local paper UNT, the man carried out most of his activities from his work place within the local authority.

Colleagues finally reported the man, suspicious of what he was up to on work time.

Although the man chose to leave his position willingly when exposed by police, he would have been forced to go anyway, according to municipality authorities.

When police searched the man’s work computer and his private computer at home, they discovered footage of an 11-year-old girl posing in front of her mobile phone camera.

During the investigation, the man’s internet chats were traced to a number of girls, and police found evidence of his urging them to take their clothes off.

No threats allegedly occurred and the man was generally open about his age. In similar cases perpetrators often use a false identity and pretend to be the same age as the girls.

The man was found guilty of getting the young girls to pose in a sexual manner, and will undergo a special treatment plan against sexual offenses.

Had he been sentenced to prison he would have served four months, according to UNT.

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Swedes ‘like it hot’: Erotic audiobooks all the rage

The number of Swedes listening to audiobooks has nearly doubled in just two years and a big part of the explosive growth is driven by an insatiable desire for erotic tales and romance novels.

Swedes 'like it hot': Erotic audiobooks all the rage
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Broadcaster SVT reported on Wednesday that 37 percent of the Swedish population listened to an audiobook last year, a marked increase over the 20 percent who did the same in 2016. 
While audiobook streaming services report that all categories of audiobooks have seen increased listenership, certain types of books are clearly leading the way. 
“Amongst the listening public, genres such as romance, ‘feel good’ novels and eroticism are growing. We are thus seeing increased demand [from listeners] as well as an increase in the number of publishers who are putting out these types of books,” Anna Riklund, the head of content curation at audiobook streaming service Bookbeat, told SVT. 
She said that the growing number of Swedes who want to listen to racy novels has led several publishers to launch imprints that focus exclusively on erotic literature. 
Audiobook streaming service Storytel also reported increased interest in erotic and romance novels, particularly among female listeners. Listener numbers peak around Valentine’s Day and during the hot summer months. 
Author Susanne Ahlenius, whose erotic novels include titles such as ‘Climax’ and ‘Lust 2.0’, said that the audiobook format is perfect for fans of the genre. 
“You don’t have to sit with a paperback that shows what you are reading. No one knows what you’re listening to,” she told SVT. 
Ahlenius said that her books are most successful when she “writes very explicitly and there is a lot of sex”. 
“People like it hot,” she said.