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Family acquitted in teen 'sex slave' trial

AFP/The Local · 30 Jan 2012, 15:56

Published: 30 Jan 2012 15:56 GMT+01:00

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The Gothenburg district court said it could not be proved that the girl was

brought to Sweden for those purposes and acquitted the parents, aged 45 and 49.

The prosecutor in the case, Thomas Ahlstrand, had argued that the family believed their son's condition would improve if he had a wife and a child, so they bought the girl for him from her father in the Serbian capital, paying 1,000 euros ($1,360).

Ahlstrand claimed the girl was then held captive by the family in an apartment from October 2010 until November 2011, when police received an anonymous tip about a girl being held against her will.

He also said she suffered a miscarriage during her ordeal.

However, the prosecutor's case was based mainly on the girl's statements to police.

"During the trial in the district court she changed her statements compared to what she had told police. She also changed her statements from one day to the next during the trial," a statement from the court said.

"It is therefore unclear which of her statements are erroneous or exaggerated," it said.

Neither was there any evidence that the first intercourse had taken place before the girl was fifteen, four months after her arrival to Sweden, according to the district court.

When the girl had been taken to the doctor she had been there under an assumed name, which indicated foul play, at the same time as the court concluded that she had not been as controlled by the 45-year-old woman as had been previously believed.

The girl had told police that the 45-year-old woman had beaten her on the upper body on at least three occasions, but as she had no evidence corroborating her story, the charges were dropped.

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The son was also acquitted of charges of raping a minor, while the mother was acquitted of charges of physically abusing and threatening the girl as well as rape or accessory to rape.

The parents and the son had denied all charges.

Prosecutor Ahlstrand said on Monday that he hasn't read the verdict yet and has therefore not decided whether or not he will appeal.

The girl's lawyer Hild Andersch said she would discuss the matter with her client on Tuesday and see what she said.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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17:08 January 30, 2012 by Lukestar1991
'The prosecutor in the case, Thomas Ahlstrand, had argued that the family believed their son's condition would improve if he had a wife and a child, so they bought the girl for him from her father in the Serbian capital, paying 1,000 euros ($1,360).'

Is this just me or is he justifying the fact that they 'BOUGHT' her???

So is this socially and legally correct thing now in Sweden???
17:20 January 30, 2012 by iddqd
well asange should be fine then:-)
18:42 January 30, 2012 by Vill
...and injustice for all...............
18:53 January 30, 2012 by Mark S.
Lukestar1991: No, it's just you. The prosecutore is not justifying these actions. He is ACCUSING THEM of these actions.

"The procecutor" ... "had argued that" ...they thought and did these thingss....
20:25 January 30, 2012 by grov_kvinnofridskrankning
1000 bucks... they should get a refund.
20:29 January 30, 2012 by cabralb
Quiet unfortunate, confining an underage and thinking of family and children?
11:23 January 31, 2012 by johnny1939
Although being a Swede I will never understand the Swedish legal system. Just idea of white slave traffic being allowed makes my skin crawl. Where are all the feminists??????
11:48 January 31, 2012 by Puffin

Why would you think that white slavery is allowed????

The prosecutions problem was that the girl retracted her police statement on the first day of the trial and then kept changing her story throughout the trial. The court's decision stated that has she had told several different versions that they could not rely on her testimony in this case
12:12 January 31, 2012 by johnny1939
There was a sum of money involved in this deal to pay for the girl. I call it white slavery
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