Swedish movie star and dozens of sex buyers seized in Stockholm raids

Major police raids in Stockholm have grabbed headlines in Sweden after a TV and movie star was caught buying sex. But he was not the only one arrested.

Police seized 28 people during raids against sex buyers in Stockholm in the past week, writes Expressen.

The crackdown included a major raid of an apartment at Grevgatan in the upmarket Stockholm district Östermalm on Thursday, where police arrests included former boxer, actor and TV host Paolo Roberto.

Criminal suspects are usually not named in Swedish newspapers until there has been a conviction, and Swedish media initially reported only that a “TV star” had been arrested for buying sex. However, Roberto then outed himself and confessed to having bought sex in an interview with broadcaster TV4.

“You're buying another woman's body, probably someone who has been forced to come there. She's not there because it's so nice,” he told TV4, adding he regretted his actions, which he said were self-destructive.

Aftonbladet reported that he was suspected of paying 1,500 kronor for sex with a woman from one of Europe's poorest countries, and several of his commercial partners immediately halted all collaborations with him.

Roberto is a well-known face in Swedish newspapers and television, who has hosted several TV shows, and is probably most known to an international audience for starring in one of the Millennium movies.

But he was not the only one arrested.

Paolo Roberto. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

Police said they had arrested 28 people during a series of stings in the past week. Almost all confessed on the spot, and police officer Simon Häggström told SVT the arrests were likely just a “needle in a haystack”.

“The youngest was 21 years old, the oldest one who was caught was 68, from all classes in society, from all types of backgrounds,” Anders Olofsson, who led the police raids, told Expressen.

Last year around 50 men in Stockholm county were convicted of buying or attempting to buy sexual services.

Sweden became the first country in the world to criminalise buying sex, rather than selling sex, in 1999. Anyone found guilty of buying sex can be fined or sent to jail for up to a year.

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Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

The former politician has been charged on suspicion of murdering his colleague in an apartment south of Stockholm, after police found body parts in three different locations in the capital.

Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

According to the prosecution, the body parts found in plastic bags in central Stockholm came from a man in his 60s murdered in an apartment in Nyköping, south of Stockholm.

The man is said to have been killed by a pistol shot to the head, after which the 60-year-old charged with the murder dismembered the body.

The suspected murderer, who newspaper Expressen reports is a former Sweden Democrat politician, is said to have moved the body parts multiple times, eventually dumping them across the city.

In total, three body parts were found in two different locations – the Karlsberg canal and in the Djurgården park. Not all parts of the body have yet been found.

“We’ve carried out a comprehensive investigation into the victim and the suspect. We can, to some extent, show how and when the suspect moved the body parts,” prosecutor Marina Chirakova told TT.

The victim, who according to Expressen was also a former Sweden Democrat politician, had been friends with the suspected murderer for a number of years. Prosecutors did not comment on the motive behind the murder.

“That will be discussed in the main hearings,” she told TT.

The suspect was taken into custody in November last year after being arrested in Nyköping. He denies the charges, but accepts certain circumstances related to the case.

Upon his arrest, he resigned from his political obligations and his membership was frozen by the Sweden Democrats.

“I don’t want to comment on his stance on the charges or anything he has said,” she further told TT.

The murder is suspected to have taken place between August 30th and September 16th last year.