[Stop-traffic] News/Sweden: Trafficking in high court

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Sweden: Trafficking in high court
From: Ulrikke Moustgaard (ulrikke_moustgaard@information.dk)
Date: Mon Oct 30 2000 - 13:26:12 EST


20Sep2000 SWEDEN: Stockholm high court begins
   proceedings in sex trade case.

   STOCKHOLM, Sept 20 (CTK) - The Stockholm high court today began
   proceedings in the appeal of four members of a gang trafficking women
   who were recently sentenced by a lower level Swedish court.
   The court found them guilty of luring women to Sweden from the Czech
   Republic and Slovakia and forcing them into prostitution and sentenced
   them to between two and five years in prison. As the four defendants,
   three men and one woman from the former Yugoslavia, appealed before
   the legally set deadline, the verdict has not taken effect.
   The daily Dagens Nyheter wrote today that the case involved 13 women
   from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Bulgaria. The women were
   tricked, imprisoned and forced into prostitution. Most of them were
   between 17 and 25 years of age and were sold in Stockholm, in
   Copenhagen, Denmark, Oslo, Norway and Brussels, Belgium.
   "Much more women were harmed but we have failed to contact them,"
   State Attorney Nils-Eric Schultz said opening the court proceedings.
   Schultz said that the women harmed were poor and unemployed and
   some of them were sold by their relatives.
   Only one of the four members of the gang admitted his involvement in a
   single case of trafficking women, while the other emphatically rejected
   the accusation.
   According to information provided by the high court to CTK, the appeal
   proceedings are to last until October 20.
   Swedish police reportedly had been monitoring the gang which allegedly
   had its headquarters in an immigration facility in south Stockholm from
   the autumn of 1998 until the moment when one of the young women
   whom the gang had lured to Sweden, a 17-year-old Czech, managed to
   escape from the place where she was held and telephoned her mother in
   the Czech Republic. She told her mother that she had been forced into
   prostitution, and her mother immediately contacted the consular section
of
   the Czech Embassy in Stockholm. The embassy then promptly informed
   Swedish police, who then intervened and managed to break up the entire
   gang last year. The case was first disclosed in Sweden last October.
 
19Sep2000 SWEDEN: Gang suspected of trafficking
   Czech, Slovak women goes to court.

   STOCKHOLM, Sept 19 (CTK) - Sweden's largest ever case of sex
   trafficking of foreign women will on Wednesday again be taken up by a
   Stockholm court following earlier appeals by the defendants, a
   four-member gang charged with luring women to Sweden from the
   Czech Republic and Slovakia and forcing them into prostitution.
   The four defendants, three men and one woman all from the Balkans, are
   again facing the charges. The gang was discovered last year.
   The four defendants were already convicted earlier this year and given
   sentences ranging from between two and five years for counts of
   organising prostitution, rape, blackmail and sexual abuse.
   Swedish police reportedly had been monitoring the gang which allegedly
   had its headquarters in an immigration facility in south Stockholm from
   the autumn of 1998 until the moment when one of the young women
   whom the gang had lured to Sweden, a 17-year-old Czech, managed to
   escape from a detention centre and telephoned her mother in the Czech
   Republic. She told her mother that she had been forced into
prostitution,
   and her mother immediately contacted the consular section of the Czech
   Embassy in Stockholm. The embassy then promptly informed Swedish
   police, who then intervened and managed to break up the entire gang last
   year. In October of last year, the case was first disclosed in Sweden.
   Czech consul in Stockholm Viera Jaresova told CTK that she believed the
   case was the first such ever and that, according to her information, it
was
   not common for women from the Czech Republic and Slovakia to be
   lured to Sweden and abused.
   The Swedish mass-circulation daily Metro quoted the Czech and Slovak
   women as saying that although each made about 40,000 Swedish crowns
   (around 170,000 Czech crowns), they were forced to hand most of it over
   to members of the gang.
   During the police investigation and in court so far, testimony was given
   by around two dozen women between the ages of 17 and 30.
 

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