Six men behind prostitution ring will go to prison

Six men were sentenced by a Stockholm court on Tuesday to between one and three and a half years in prison for serious procuring and human trafficking. The men, who are from Lithuania, tricked around 15 women to leave that country to come to Sweden, where they eventually were forced into prostitution.

The district prosecutor, Lars Ågren, tells news agency TT that the league of men, all of whom are in their twenties, probably made around $140,000 over a ten month period. "Their plan was to trick the women into coming here for money," he says, noting that the men kept most of the cash.

One of the women was promised around $1,400 a day when she was recruited from a small village in the Lithuanian countryside. She had never been a prostitute before, but when she came to Sweden, she was forced to take between five and eight customers a day.

The women have been put under protected living in Sweden. They will be allowed to stay in the country.

Police arrested the men last August, after months of surveillance and wire-tapping.

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