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Teen girls held captive in prostitution ring

Swedish police uncovered what appears to be a prostitution ring in Fittja, a suburb south of Stockholm, arresting two men on suspicion of kidnapping.

“They’re being interrogated right now,” said police spokesman Richard Andersson to news agency TT on Saturday morning.

The two men, both from Stockholm, are 19 and 20 years of age, reported national newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN).

In the raid, police also liberated two teenage girls, 16 and 17 years old, whom they suspect were being held captive against their will for sexual purposes.

“Two young girls have been used in what looks like a prostitution ring. We’re trying to uncover the background story,” said Richard Andersson.

It remains unclear how long the girls had been held captive.

“We don’t know yet,” said Andersson.

The police is unwilling to disclose any more details about the arrest at present, and Andersson wouldn’t describe the place where the girls had been held.

The raid occurred following a tip to the police.

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ALMEDALEN 2022

Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden. 

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