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Swedish movie star and dozens of sex buyers seized in Stockholm raids

Major police raids in Stockholm have grabbed headlines in Sweden after a TV and movie star was caught buying sex. But he was not the only one arrested.

Police seized 28 people during raids against sex buyers in Stockholm in the past week, writes Expressen.

The crackdown included a major raid of an apartment at Grevgatan in the upmarket Stockholm district Östermalm on Thursday, where police arrests included former boxer, actor and TV host Paolo Roberto.

Criminal suspects are usually not named in Swedish newspapers until there has been a conviction, and Swedish media initially reported only that a “TV star” had been arrested for buying sex. However, Roberto then outed himself and confessed to having bought sex in an interview with broadcaster TV4.

“You're buying another woman's body, probably someone who has been forced to come there. She's not there because it's so nice,” he told TV4, adding he regretted his actions, which he said were self-destructive.

Aftonbladet reported that he was suspected of paying 1,500 kronor for sex with a woman from one of Europe's poorest countries, and several of his commercial partners immediately halted all collaborations with him.

Roberto is a well-known face in Swedish newspapers and television, who has hosted several TV shows, and is probably most known to an international audience for starring in one of the Millennium movies.

But he was not the only one arrested.


Paolo Roberto. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

Police said they had arrested 28 people during a series of stings in the past week. Almost all confessed on the spot, and police officer Simon Häggström told SVT the arrests were likely just a “needle in a haystack”.

“The youngest was 21 years old, the oldest one who was caught was 68, from all classes in society, from all types of backgrounds,” Anders Olofsson, who led the police raids, told Expressen.

Last year around 50 men in Stockholm county were convicted of buying or attempting to buy sexual services.

Sweden became the first country in the world to criminalise buying sex, rather than selling sex, in 1999. Anyone found guilty of buying sex can be fined or sent to jail for up to a year.

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HEALTH

Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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