Jailed after ‘accidentally’ downloading child porn

A man has been sentenced to ten months in prison for setting up a prostitution website and for downloading child porn, which he claimed he did by accident, according to a report in the Metro newspaper.

Jailed after 'accidentally' downloading child porn

The man, a 45-year-old from Botkyrka in Stockholm’s south, had set up a website in an effort to bring together prostitutes and customers in Sweden.

According to a police investigation, the man had built up the site over a period of seven years.

He even met up with several of the women after finding them online, having sex with them, and taking their photo to post on his website.

When police raided the man’s home in May 2009, they also found over 12,000 pictures and 250 films with child pornography. Of these, 100 of the images and 19 of the films were of a particularly graphic nature.

Police also found chat history on the man’s computers that indicated he had discussed and distributed child porn.

The man denies the crimes, even claiming that the child porn was downloaded “by mistake” when he was trying to access legal pornography.

The 45-year-old has now been sentenced to ten months in prison for aggravated child pornography crimes and pimping.

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Spain’s top court reinstates first sex workers’ union

Spanish sex workers have the right to form their own union, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, overturning an earlier court decision ordering the dissolution of Spain's first such labour organisation.

Spain's top court reinstates first sex workers' union
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Known as OTRAS (or “the Sex Workers’ Organisation”), the union was discretely set up in August 2018 but was closed three months later by order of the National Court following an appeal by the government of Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez.

But following an appeal, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of OTRAS, saying that its statutes, which had triggered the initial legal challenge, were “in line with the law” and that sex workers “have the fundamental right to freedom of association and the right to form a union”.

In its November 2018 ruling, the National Court had argued that allowing the union to exist amounted to “recognising the act of procurement as lawful”.


Contacted by AFP, the union did not wish to comment.

When it was founded, OTRAS received the green light from the labour ministry and its statutes were publicly registered in the official gazette the day before the government went into a summer recess.

But three weeks later, the government — which portrays itself as “feminist and in favour of the abolition of prostitution” according to Sanchez’s Twitter feed at the time — started legal moves against it.

In Spain, prostitution is neither legal nor illegal but it is tolerated.

Although it is not recognised as employment, there is a large number of licensed brothels throughout the country.