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American navy personnel arrested in Stockholm on suspicion of paying for sex

Two American military personnel stationed on the warship USS Forrest Sherman, which is currently docked in Stockholm, were arrested on Wednesday evening on suspicion of paying for sex.

American navy personnel arrested in Stockholm on suspicion of paying for sex
American missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman in harbour in Stockholm. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

According to Sweden’s Expressen newspaper, which was the first to report the story, the two suspects, both of whom were American, were arrested around 8pm on Wednesday evening at an apartment brothel in the city’s upmarket Östermalm district. 

They were first taken to a police station, and then passed on to Swedish military police once they were released from custody.

Police confirmed that two foreign citizens had been arrested on suspicion of paying for sex, which is illegal in Sweden. One of them, police added,  was suspected of paying for sex on two separate occasions.

“Both of them have confessed. They were arrested at an apartment brothel in Östermalm,” police press spokesperson Anna Westberg told SVT. “I don’t have any further comment in relation to the investigation”.

Two Swedish citizens were arrested and charged during the same raid. 

Paying for sex, or “the procurement of sexual services”, is illegal in Sweden, but selling sex is not, under what is commonly referred to as the Nordic model. Those convicted of paying for sex can face a prison sentence of up to a year, however the majority are only ordered to pay a fine.

Member comments

  1. Sweden should put a signboard up at ports of entry warning people about crazy Laws such as paying for the oldest profession in history . Women can sell they their bodies but men can not pay them , is a very strange way of making prostitution illegal . How are Sailors , locked up together with other men for months , and as horny as hell when they reach a port, going to know they can not pay to get laid in Sweden ?? The Swedish Press then have a field day exposing them and embarrassing the American Navy who are members of NATO an Organisation Sweden so desperately wants to join . There are certain cases where the Police (who apparently don’t have time to deal with the drug wars in Malmo and Stockholm between Immigrant gangs ) should look the other way and tell them it’s illegal to do what you can do in any other EU country . Madness!

  2. “Those convicted of paying for sex can face a prison sentence of up to a year, however the majority are only ordered to pay a fine.”

    So the usual penalty if you pay for sex is that you have to pay extra for it?

  3. I just posted a comment, but it. Where did it go? Now I’ll repeat it here, but will this also disappear?

    “Those convicted of paying for sex can face a prison sentence of up to a year, however the majority are only ordered to pay a fine.”

    So the usual penalty if you pay for sex is that you have to pay extra for it?

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NATO

Sweden ‘to send in Nato request on Monday’

Sweden will express its interest in joining the Nato alliance on Monday, Sweden's Expressen newspaper has reported, citing anonymous sources.

Sweden 'to send in Nato request on Monday'

According to the newspaper, Magdalena Andersson will call a governmental meeting late on Monday where the decision on whether to join Nato will be made, after which the country will send in formal documentation immediately.

Officials at Sweden’s foreign ministry have been drafting the text for several weeks, the paper claims, meaning it is now complete and ready to be submitted. 

The meeting will follow a debate scheduled in Sweden’s Riksdag parliament for 10.30am on Monday morning, which will discuss the conclusions of the Swedish government’s ‘security policy analysis group’, which is due to submit its reassessment of Sweden’s security situation this Friday. The anti-Nato Left and Green parties are unlikely to support the conclusions of the report and the report is not expected to state explicitly whether Sweden should join the alliance or not.

After the debate, Finland’s president, Sauli Niinistö, who is on a state visit to Sweden, will hold a speech in the parliament, with the title “a responsible, strong and stable North”. 

Finland on Thursday kicked off the formal process whereby Sweden and Finland are likely to join Nato, when its president Sauli Niinistö and prime minister Sanna Marin published a joint statement recommending that Finland apply to join “without delay”. 

On Sunday, the ruling committee of Sweden’s ruling Social Democrats will take a decision on whether to back Nato membership for Sweden, thereby reversing the policy of non-alignment it has supported since before Nato was founded. 

The formal shift in the Social Democrats’ position will remove the last hurdle to a Swedish decision in favour of joining Nato. 

Here’s a breakdown of how the day might look: 

  • 9am. The day starts at 9am, Swedish time, when the Finnish parliament meets to discuss the decision taken by the government on Sunday. No other parliamentary business is scheduled. According to the Hufvudstadsbladet newspaper the Finnish parliament will also publish the conclusions of its debates in a letter to the government recommending that Finland apply to join Nato.
  • 10.30am. A debate is scheduled in Sweden’s parliament, which will discuss the conclusions of the Swedish government’s ‘security policy analysis group’. 
  • 12am. Finland’s president, Sauli Niinistö, who is on a state visit to Sweden, will hold a speech in the parliament with the title “a responsible, strong and stable North”. 
  • Afternoon: According to Expressen, Sweden’s prime minister, Magdalena Andersson will call a governmental meeting late on Monday, where the decision on whether to join Nato will be made.
  • Officials at Sweden’s foreign ministry have been drafting the text of the application for several weeks, the paper claims, meaning it is now complete and ready to be submitted. 
  • Afternoon/Evening: Sweden and perhaps Finland send in applications to join Nato.
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