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Jail for heads of massive sex trafficking ring

TT/AFP/The Local · 14 May 2012, 15:00

Published: 14 May 2012 15:00 GMT+02:00

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The case has been labelled as Sweden’s biggest human smuggling case, and at least four other men were involved, each of whom were jailed as well for aggravated pimping.

The eleven women at the centre of the case, all from Romania, were brought to Sweden by the two 45-year-old men in charge of the ring, and who were also responsible for controlling the work of the prostitutes while in Sweden.

The four others were convicted of aggravated pimping. Three of them were sentenced to four-and-a-half years behind bars, while one was ordered to spend three years in prison.

All of the men will be expelled from Sweden after completing their sentences, the court ruled.

The court said the men had "ruthlessly" taken advantage of the women, who according to press reports were between the ages of 20 and 30.

"The prosecution has shown that the men conducted prostitution activities with nine women. The investigation shows that two of the men took advantage of a power relationship they each had with one woman, which is why they have been convicted of human trafficking," judge Anette Arvestaahl said in the court statement.

The women, who are aged between 20 and 30, were brought to Sweden to work in a prostitution ring in Gothenburg’s Rosenlund district.

All but 16 of the 141 men who bought sex from the women have also been convicted for illegally purchasing sex.

According to statistics from the Dagens Nyheter newspaper, 36 percent of these men were born in the 1960s, 30 percent in the 1980s, and 21 percent in the 1970s.

The youngest was 17 and the oldest was 76.

“We have found what many people have often predicted, that there was organized crime that lay behind this case, and that people have made economic gains by exposing women to this undeserved treatment, said Per Ottosson of the Gothenburg police.

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The men reportedly forced the women to perform sexual acts in public toilets, parking garages and cars during 2010 and 2011.

Four of the women had sought damages from the men, and the court ordered the six men to together pay between 60,000 and 180,000 kronor (between $8,500 to $25,600) to them, the court said.

TT/AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:15 May 14, 2012 by kenai
I TOLD YOU, sweden must close borders to romanians, they have already destroyed the social life in Italy, rapes, murders and thefts, Romania out of EU now!
17:55 May 14, 2012 by StockholmSam

Are you talking about Romanians or Roma? And if Romanians, why should Romania be kicked out of the EU due to the actions of a select few criminals? If that were the qualification for expulsion, every single nation would be out of the EU. And you don't really think that expelling the Romanians from Italy (or the EU) would end prostitution or other criminal activities, to you? That is typically ignorant ideology from the far right. In New York and other American cities a couple hundred years ago, they used to say, "Out with the Italians! They are destroying America!" Thanks for playing, though.
18:14 May 14, 2012 by Rishonim
Only six years each for human trafficking?? This laughable sentence is sending a message that if you want to be a criminal you should come to Sweden giving their incredibly lenient penal system. What about the poor women? Do we send them back with a carrot stucked in their derrière with a thank you note that reads: We the people of Sweden thank you massively for your services rendered to our nation???
18:18 May 14, 2012 by blue2012
And for their crimes only 6 years in jail.

What they did is equivalent to slavery and also destroyed the women's lives.

The more I read in the Local about the Swedish judicial system the more I think it is a joke.
20:52 May 14, 2012 by moizhaad
European union is a just trouble union .
01:36 May 15, 2012 by ctinej
Thank you Local for printing where these creeps came from.

They should have a permanent tattoo on their foreheads that labels them for when they are deported.

I wonder what the spread of nationalities is for the 141 Johns?
06:51 May 15, 2012 by G Kin

Why are the nationalities important?

Looks like you are hunting for a scapegoat . A large majority are swedes. Look at metro or GP of yesterday 14/05 (don't know where you are ) and you will see a profile of the some of the buyers. Family status, annual income and the fine for their crime. Before, can't recall the date actually they provided this information along side where they were caught and what they were engaged in.

As I said, most of these guys if not all are swedes.
09:40 May 15, 2012 by asteriks
If crimis are Swedish, they would get max 2 years of prison. judge is racist the same as police who took care to publish information everywhere. the biggest crimis are domestic ones and not immigrants.
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