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Type of document: News
Topic: Law enforcement
Geographic descriptors: Norway
Language: English
Source: www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article1743774.ece
Date of publication: 18 April 2007
Long Abstract: Norwegian charged with child trafficking

A 47-year-old Oslo man has been charged with trafficking and sexual abuse of children.

The man has looked for young Thai boys before traveling to Thailand. He promoted himself via the Internet," police lawyer Sverre Bromander told Aftenposten.no.

The man had an apartment at his disposal which he used to contact boys as young as 10-12, whom he then assaulted," NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting) reports.

"We are charging the man with trafficking because in one case in Thailand he took an underage boy and delivered him to tow of his acquaintances in a network. These two assaulted the boy in the accused's apartment in Thailand," district attorney Pål Lønseth told NRK.

Canadian police began solving the case, confiscating photographs of assaults in 2005 and 2006, and believing they had found a Norwegian in several of the pictures.

"We took over the investigation of the man after the Canadian police found the photos. There were several things on the Internet that led us to him," Bromander said. Police had a good overview of the man's movements and he was arrested outside his home in Oslo on April 6.

"The man was planning a trip to Thailand a few days after his arrest. We have every reason to believe that he was planning to carry out new sexual attacks on Thai boys," Bromander said.

At the 47-year-old's home police confiscated 35,000 photos of assaults and 1,300 films - 300 of the photos and films were self-produced. The charges are based on this evidence and the testimony of the accused.

Bromander said there were several aspects of this case that were novel for Norway, including child sex tourism and human trafficking abroad.

Child trafficking has a maximum sentence of 21 years in prison, the same as Norway's top sentence for murder. It is also possible that this case could qualify for a sentence of preventive custody, which acts in practice as a life sentence.

According to newspaper VG's web site, the man has said that he wanted to achieve status and friendship with other pedophiles in an international network, by distributing images of the assaults.

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