Cabbie charged for rape of Stockholm passenger

A 39-year-old taxi driver has been charged for raping a 28-year-old female passenger in the back seat while taking her home after a night out in the Stockholm nightlife district of Stureplan.

The woman was alone on a September evening when she flagged a taxi at Stureplan and asked the driver to take her to her home in Solna, north of the city, reports the newspaper Metro.

However, the driver allegedly didn’t take the woman home, but instead drove her to a secluded wooded area nearby and then sexually assaulted the woman in the back seat.

He then proceeded to driver the woman home, offering her his phone number on the back of the taxi receipt, saying she should feel free to get in touch if she ever wanted to have sex again.

The 39-year old driver, who according to Metro works for one of Stockholm’s larger taxi services, has now been prosecuted for rape.

Prosecutors allege the man took advantage of the fact that the 28-year-old was drunk and in a helpless state at the time.

During questioning, the driver admitted to having had sex with the woman, but claimed that the sex was consensual.

He also explained that he gave his phone number to to the woman so that she could get “a better price for a taxi” the next time she needed a cab home.

The cab driver’s trial is set to start next week.

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Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish).