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Police bust massive sex trafficking ring

TT/Oliver Gee · 28 Feb 2012, 15:15

Published: 28 Feb 2012 15:15 GMT+01:00

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According to prosecutors, the trafficking ring is one of the largest of its kind ever uncovered in Sweden.

”There are many people involved who pulled in large amounts from this criminal activity,” said prosecutor Thomas Eliasson in a statement.

Last year in Gothenburg, 255 men were reported and fined for buying sex, a number which led local police to crackdown on the crime.

“This is quite a lot and it is really thanks to the local police in the city who have actively fought against this. An operation with a focus on the crime. You can’t do several small samples from time to time, because then you can’t report 255 men in one year,” Ulla Brehm of the Västra Götaland police told the TT news agency.

Further investigation led police to the discovery of the Romania-linked trafficking ring.

According to Brehm, investigators travelled to Romania in the hunt for the nucleus of the operations.

On the trip, a number of suspects were questioned and search warrants carried out, resulting in six men being arrested and remanded in custody.

Prosecutors plan to present formal charges against the men during a press conference on Wednesday.

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Almost all of the women connected to the reported sex cases in Gothenburg are 18-years-old or older and are connected to the Romania-based ring.

The women then performed sex acts for money in playgrounds, cemeteries and parking garages around the city, according to TT.

Exactly how many women were selling sex on the streets in Sweden remains unclear, however.

TT/Oliver Gee (news@thelocal.se)

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13:07 February 28, 2012 by robban70226
''This is quite a lot and it is really thanks to the local police in the city who have actively fought against this...''

No wonder they can not solve all the other serious crimes, Where are the prioties in this screwed up country!!!!!!!!!!!!
14:31 February 28, 2012 by Lukestar1991
@ robban70226

What are you trying to say? that forcing poor and vulnerable women and girls into prostitution is not a serious crime???

If so I think you might want to get into touch with reality.
14:43 February 28, 2012 by diegoveggie
hahah pimps
17:00 February 28, 2012 by Lunneia
So why the heck are they showing a frigging black woman in the photo?!!! Isn't the ring supposed to be dealing in Romania girls? This is very of typical of the western media! to associate all the filth with black @ all cost. Pathetic!
18:02 February 28, 2012 by OUIJA
So they were bringing gazelles into the land of the gazelles.That is not so comprehensible.
18:46 February 28, 2012 by CJ from Sunshine Desserts
Gothenburg has almost 1 million in its metro area, so over one year less than 7 men a week are being fined for paying for sex...I think the use of the word "massive" is a little bit exaggerated in the headline. I would have thought most of the punters in Gothenburg would take the bus over to Copenhagen ....or the boat down to Germany...plenty of brothels there, and no need to worry about being arrrested. PS: do a search on Google for "swedish escorts" ...just see how many hits you get ! F*****g appalling...! Thanks to Gudrun S & friends prostitution has become a passtime for the middle classes.& the wealthy..as usual the working man gets shafted in this country !
19:19 February 28, 2012 by OUIJA
There are no Swedish escorts in Sweden. They are called now "feminist escorts" but they do the same and they even have their own web pages and whatever, thanks to Gudrun S and friends as my previous poster wrote. If the government is a feministic one? what can you expect of you know who? One of these days they will catch one or some of the Swedish parliamentarians visiting brothels in Germany, Denmark, Holland and other countries. Just wait and see.
19:34 February 28, 2012 by CJ from Sunshine Desserts
Remember dear Local readers, we are nothing more than naked apes & sex is one of our basic needs as human beings...thats it folks ! traffiking is horrible, but I feel that the high moral ground that a few intellectual elitist Swedes want to occupy is nothing more than a curiosity abroad...so .why do :-Holland/Belgium/France/Germany/Austria/Switzerland all tolerate prostitution ? Another thing ..how many Swedish single men travel to Thailand every week ? probably several thousand ....
21:42 February 28, 2012 by Chickybee
I just feel sorry for the wives of the men who are buying sex from these women.

They're the real victims.

Shame that some men have to be so disgusting.
22:09 February 28, 2012 by CJ from Sunshine Desserts
To Chickybee : married men who use prostitutes are doing it for a reason, they probably don`t get sex at home from their wives anymore, or a particular sex act that wifey will not do....so the women in some respects only have themselves to blame. What would they rather despise the most? , hubby having an affair or using hookers..I believe a lot of men stay in sexless relationships for the childrens sake...when the kids get old enough dad can leave ...either for a younger model or independence...to paraphrase: if you don`t get your meat & 2 veg at home you go to McDonalds !Women generally underestimate thier mens sexdrive, if they neglect this then they deserve no sympathy.Sex is so important but often a taboo subject, even in a lasting relationship/marriage.
01:51 February 29, 2012 by philster61
Chickybee. You are unbelievably naive. Ever figured out why some men seek the services of escorts. Wifey close up shop is a good place to start. When she always has a headache is another. And believe me, Swedish women can be as nasty as ever when they wish to. One only has to look at the "midweek revellers" to see where its going. Always a pic of women kissing women.... Each year in Sweden, men lose a little bit more of their identity. There is even an campaign to stop men sitting in a "macho like position on public transport. Its getting to the point of absurd

And you wonder why men want to go to an escort......

In a country like Sweden where if you don't fit into the mold of a certain look, and a certain age group, you will not be a babe magnet. That's how superficial it is. All the bravado about how hot Swedish women are. Well for most guys, its just eye candy. Swedish women have placed themselves so far up the ladder, is it any wonder the average man seeks services of escorts....

The police here have just temporarily halted a situation they have no control over. The fact that they have criminalized prostitution is as sort sighted a move as possible. Not only is it an intrusion upon people private lives,but it is not going to help the real victims of sex trafficking..... There are women whom legitimately work as sex workers. And some earn phenomenal amounts of money...

I recall years ago watching an interview with a man who was seriously afflicted with muscular atrophy. He was highly educated with two degrees and had to communicate via a portable note pad which he used to point at letters to talk.... He was asked how he has sex. He replied with no woman is seriously going to look at me, he confessed he had to use the services of a sex worker. Imagine if he was in Sweden , he would be an instant criminal.....This poor man who had been afflicted with a terrible condition......

Swedish police thinks they are doing society a favor. They do nothing of the kind. They have made it worse.........
07:27 February 29, 2012 by summerboy
I didn't know that Romanians where black people.......
08:32 February 29, 2012 by robban70226

vulnerable women and girls ?? by choice and making a living, tax them and stop the show of solving a ''''crime'' the only crime is that they are not being regulated and taxed by the goverment in a mature society.

They are sex owrkers that are obviously providing a social service,

The oldest work in human kind and will never change, Dont be so naieve sticking the head in the ground, it is just another stupid propaganda to show they are doing something and distract the attention to the incompetence of solving real violent crmes
10:00 February 29, 2012 by philster61
Sweden should use the Dutch as an example of how the sex trade should be regulated and controlled. Not criminalizing it and driving it underground.
10:04 February 29, 2012 by llbhuds
i see no reason why a black lady will be show in-lieu of a romanian. rubbish.

but its ridiculous to know that people buy sex here in sweden where the lady takes sex as a natural gift from God
10:41 February 29, 2012 by CJ from Sunshine Desserts
Still its interesting that the Swedish model seems to be adopted by other nations, even the UK is considering it. However Swedish does not seem to want to apply needle-exchanges for junkies.....?
10:50 February 29, 2012 by OUIJA
I fully agree with the poster who wrote that somen do not give a hood for men's sexual needs, which are far more stronger than women's. So, what happens? They go to MacDonalds to have a "quicky" hamburger or they watch porno at home and masturbate while their "partners" have gone to bed with a "tremendous" headache, tired or whatever excuse thay can come out.

Whores exist because there is a strong need for them, and that has been the story of humankind. They perform things that "nice" women do not because either "they have never liked them" or "it is against their education". So, what happens? Nothing else but a "quicky" with whoever is at hand, a blowjob in the car or the use of the hand while watching porno.

Sweden should learn more about human's sexual needs, but since Sweden is a feminist country ant its government is a feminist nincompoop, thanks to the Gudruns, Ulrikas and the many feminists who, in the name of their battle against men, have declared a war against them, have taken control of a country full of wimps who do not know or just do not want, to fight back for their rights in bed with the women they loved once upon a time.
11:05 February 29, 2012 by CJ from Sunshine Desserts
Same week in the press ...politicians want to approve artificial insemination for single women....! come on get a life ...meet a man & have sex ! kind of a P atsy & Edwina moment ?? instead of going to the loo like normal people she goes to a private clinic for colonic irrigation :-)
13:50 February 29, 2012 by stevo1
it seems a little absurd that many posters think that the entire police division is involved with this bust of illegal sex workers...really?

legal or not, prostitution will always exist.

if women just understood that sex for men is very high on the relationship scale, there wouldn't be so much of a demand for prostitution. And considering the benefits for both men and women, you would think that wives/partners would be giving it up, and asking for it more often. sadly, in reality this does not happen, and men are forced to look elsewhere for release. Sex is not a choice, but a primal instinct for men..i.e. to sire children, as men are capable of getting females pregnant their entire lifetime, while women hit menopause mid life. Basically, if you dont want your man to stray because you refuse to give it up regularly (or at all), then it is up to the woman to find their guy a substitute lover, essentially, then, the woman still has her control and her partner.
14:23 February 29, 2012 by OUIJA
@Chickybee # 9

I feel sorry about you. But, did you ever think why your husband had sex with a prostitute? Because, reading in between the lines of your post, this is the reason you wrote what you wrote.

Shame on women who close their legs to their husbands and then complain about them going to have sex with "escorts".
03:35 April 30, 2012 by BubbleFlag626
I find most of the comments concerning the johns' wives to be disgusting at its core and immature at best. Problems in the bedroom is no excuse to cheat on your spouse, regardless of what problems the couple have. Wrong is wrong no matter how its painted or the amount of excuses. Apparently there is a misconception in this comment box that just because men have a higher sex drive, it gives them the excuse to act like an animal who can only be sated when they have more sex regardless of where it comes from.

Last I checked, we humans have the ability that most animals are not capable of which is the ability to ignore our biological impulses also called "self-control" and yes, i'll say it, morality.

These men should not be sympathized on any level, these men knew what they were doing is wrong and knew the consequences and thus got what they deserved.

I find it scary that the recent trend is to ignore basic right and wrong for the sake of the fantasy and desperate searching for a "good" john who buys women for sex regardless of the time allowed.
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