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From the Swedish Local Newspaper
Hedman, who stood between the posts for Sweden’s national side between 1997 and 2004, admitted to police that he had sex with a young Romanian girl in a friend’s apartment in February 2010.
However, he claimed he had no idea the woman was a prostitute, an argument which the Stockholm District Court accepted when it acquitted Hedman in September.
But prosecutors appealed the ruling, and on Monday the Svea Court of Appeal overturned the acquittal, finding Hedman guilty of violating Sweden’s laws prohibiting the purchase of sexual services and fining him 2,500 kronor ($360).
While the court accepted that no proof could be presented that Hedman had paid directly to have sex with the woman, it argued that he should have realised the women who came to the apartment were prostitutes or paid escorts on account of their clothing and make-up and the fact that they spoke English with a thick accent
A subsequent article in the Local points out the dangerous aspect of this decision.
The “must” in the above sentence leaves me very troubled. Dressed-up women with lots of make-up who speak with accents “must” be seen as whores by law-abiding citizens, sober or not.
This is now settled law according the court of appeal.
Imagine all those whores running about the streets of Newcastle on any weekend evening. This is basically what the appeal court is stating, and women made up is a whore.
On a more liberal note, a commentator on the Punternet site pointed out this blog entry about Reforming Swedish Law on prostitution. Alas I don’t know who it is written by. The article argues from a sex workers right. The article contains a summary of the arguments used by radical feminists in their battle against prostitution, with very good counter arguments to each point . Oh I wish this had a chance of happening.