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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.

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  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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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.

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