The public prosecutor has issued charges for 11 men who are suspected of having purchased sexual services last year from a woman who is on trial for sex mongering. This is the first time that such charges have been issued in Iceland since the Althingi parliament passed legislation in 2009 making the purchase of prostitution illegal.
The photo is not related to the story. By Páll Stefánsson.
The woman’s affairs have been under investigation for a long time. The police have referred 17 cases related to her affairs to the public prosecutor where the law on prostitution is suspected to have been violated. However, six of those cases were dismissed due to lack of proof, Morgunbladid reports.
The woman will remain in custody until June 5. Reykjavík District Court found her guilty of drug smuggling and profiting from the prostitution of others on December 1 and sentenced her to two and a half years in prison, but she appealed the ruling to the Supreme Court.
The woman also faced charges on human trafficking but was acquitted. However, two days after the verdict was announced the woman was arrested again facing new charges on human trafficking, on bringing foreign girls to the country on false pretences and forcing them into prostitution.
If the men who are suspected of purchasing sexual services are found guilty, they might be fined or face up to one year in prison.
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