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Charges filed over 'sex slave' teen girl

TT/Rebecca Martin · 20 Dec 2011, 16:05

Published: 20 Dec 2011 16:05 GMT+01:00

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”I don't know of any other case like this that has gone to trial. The special circumstances are the issues with the fiancé, that makes it original,” said deputy chief prosecutor Thomas Ahlstrand at the International Prosecution Chamber in Gothenburg to news agency TT.

The mother and the son are also charged with rape, child rape, and sexual coercion.

The family of the mentally handicapped man believed he would get better if he had a wife, so they bought the girl for him from her father in the Serbian capital, paying €1,000 ($1,360), according to the charges.

The girl arrived in Sweden during the early autumn last year and was allegedly kept under close watch in the flat where she was forced to have sexual intercourse with the son.

"The girl was forced to get engaged in line with Roma customs with the 25-year-old, and was taken to the family's apartment ... where she was locked up," daily Expressen reported at the time.

According to the prosecutor the father of the girl had not been told of the man's mental handicap.

He was persuaded into letting the girl come and live with the family.

Apart from the initial money that changed hands, the father in Serbia was given a few smaller sums by the family in Sweden over the course of the year.

However, all three charged denied the allegations.

”The girl has lived there and they don't think she has been subjected to any crime,” said Ahlstrand.

According to the charge sheet the girl had not turned 15, the age of consent in Sweden, when she came to the country. She fell pregnant on more than one occasion and suffered at least one miscarriage.

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Although the girl hasn't claimed to be locked up by the family. Ahlstrand argued it wasn't possible for her to leave on her own accord.

”She hasn't said that she was locked up. But she was under 15 and living with a family her father has left her with. You don't have to be locked up in that situation. She didn't want to stay where she was,” said Ahlstrand to TT.

According to daily Expressen, the girl was very happy to have been freed from her ordeal and has allegedly made police promise that she never has to return there again.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:32 December 20, 2011 by J Jack
So the repeated rape of a 14 yr old girl is in line with Roma customs ... I never knew that.
18:46 December 20, 2011 by Migga
They tried to get her pregnant so she could stay in Sweden and marry their son. Some really sick people from backwards countries.
20:57 December 20, 2011 by seborga82
This is not just backward, but inferior people
21:24 December 20, 2011 by jostein
#3 seborga82

I absolutely do not agree. Gypsies have survived more hardships and hostility than most other now existing people and their people is still intact. Their culture knows many things that others do not.
21:50 December 20, 2011 by sarah02
Human trafficking is a huge issue. Sadly there isn't enough campaigning against it.
22:00 December 20, 2011 by shiraz
It is likely that the parents are responsible for the mental handicap of the son. A lot of parents (particularly in certain parts of the world who follow a certain religion) tend to be very abusive / controlling of their children.

There should be a law against entrusting such people with children. There is a reason why we should separate the children from the parents when the children are of age.
22:05 December 20, 2011 by jostein
#5 sarah02

What good would campaigning against human trafficking do? It is already illegal. And your campaigns wont reach gypsies anyhow. Just make normal swedes even more fed up with busybodies like you than we already are.
22:14 December 20, 2011 by sarah02
take a chill pill @jostein
23:04 December 20, 2011 by wxman
The fact that she had miscarriges idicates nature's way of saying the handicapped son should not reproduce. That aside, this is a despicably desperate act on the part of the parents, and they should be prosecuted.
00:01 December 21, 2011 by RobinHood
What does the new mythbusters website have to say about this one? Not much I expect!
01:00 December 21, 2011 by Bigd
sounds like a scene from Lila for Ever movie! Sick that this REALLY goes on here in sweden!!
08:12 December 21, 2011 by bourgeoisieboheme
They are not from our culture, what can you expect. different people have odd ways of doing things. When will Sweden learn that you can bring people here but they keep their culture and norms. Welcome to the new Sweden...
13:09 December 21, 2011 by crunchy2k
@RobinHood, you have to read between the lines of the Mythbusters' website. The Mythbusters have the ability to put a cannon ball through your computer at 1000 yards. And maybe your neighbors are planning on selling you to a Serbian gay man for the holidays.

Seriously, I hope the Serbian father gets prosecuted.
14:21 December 21, 2011 by Omarbete
They are not from our culture! There are bad/criminals people everywhere and Sweden is not an exception. It is individuals who commit acts and not community or ethnic group. The old Sweden is not better than the new one I think. Welcome to the reality far away from myths!
14:02 December 22, 2011 by yourkidding
@ bourgeoisieboheme "They are not from our culture!"

Very true...in YOUR culture, they would just have gotten her drunk first and then no charges would be laid because she would be "unaware" of the sexual contact, so it would not be a crime since she did not know it happened. THAT is how they work it in YOUR, SWEDISH culture!
02:05 December 31, 2011 by JohnF_86
@ jostein - There are many barbaric cultures that have survived and destroyed civilized cultures. They are babaric and their values in contradiction to the west.

@yourkidding - I agree with you that swedish hookup culture is f*ed up
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