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Swedish museum accused of selling woman as Viking slave

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Swedish museum accused of selling woman as Viking slave
A Viking helmet on display at Foteviken Museum. Photo: Ludvig Thunman/TT
10:05 CEST+02:00
A visitor to a museum in southern Sweden has filed a police report claiming she was sold as a slave against her will during an overzealous re-enactment at a Viking market.

The woman, who works at a home for people with disabilities, claims that while visiting Foteviken Museum in Höllviken with patients she was seized by five men, before having a net thrown over her head.

Despite her protests and the upset caused to the patients, she then had an iron collar placed on her neck and was offered “for sale” to an audience of around 100 people, newspaper Sydsvenskan reports.

The woman has now reported the incident as harassment to the police.

“The men allegedly made comments that she was a good slave because she is competent in the kitchen and good at cooking. The also allegedly made comments about her pleasant figure,” Trelleborg police commissioner Ann-Christine Sjöbeck told Sydsvenskan.

According to the museum, the slave market was arranged by a traveling theatre group that travels around Europe performing at different Viking markets.

Foteviken Museum is an archeological open air museum that illustrates how life may have been in a Viking town during the early Middle Ages. It contains a reconstructed Viking town, and in the summer months hosts a Viking market. 

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