The Swedes were sentenced to life in prison on May 10, 2011, convicted of trafficking.
Arrested in May, 2009, now charged with human trafficking, the two Swedes were placed in the notorious Lumbia Jail. The trial against the Swedes and the three Filipinos began in February 2011. The sentence came on May 10 of that year: life imprisonment for Andreas Solemo and Stefan Sederholm. The three Filipino citizens received 20 years imprisonment. The two Swedes have since been relocated to the Davao Penal Colony.
The Swedes have now turned to the Swedish Foreign Ministry with a request for financial assistance in order to obtain a new lawyer.
The denied request of a new trial will be appealed to the Philippine Supreme Court. A process that takes several years. Meanwhile, Solemo and Sederholm remain in Davao Penal Colony.
Andreas Solemo and Stefan Sederholm consider themselves to be the victims of a political verdict, and believe that the severe punishment is a way for the Philippines to make an example, showing that they come down hard on human trafficking.
“The absolute worst is that we are convicted of a terrible crime, which is very far from the truth. Now we are sitting here for life and quite frankly I am having a hard time seeing that they will ever release us,” said Stefan Sederholm to TV4′s Kalla Fakta last year.
Should the Swedes fail in their appeal, they will be forced to sit somewhere between 20 and 30 years in prison before they might be pardoned.
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Comments and Remarks: Hello, I would like to add additional information to your story regarding the Swedes in prison for cyber crimes - please read the following facts. I would appreciate if you would let me know that you can add this to your story. Regards The Truth seeker Take a look at this facebook page. These are the woman that worked at the cam studio in question. Do they look like they were forced to work or signs of human trafficking? https://www.facebook.com/everybodyneedsfreedom/photos_stream
Here is what they don't tell you. 1. Working as a camgirl in the Philippines is not illegal. 2. Only one of the 20 women stated that she was forced to work which is a total lie. 3. The truth is this one girl was ashamed and lied to her husband what she did for work but she didn't leave. Once he found out, they contacted a TV show called Bitag who then contacted the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation). 4. The police promised her free education and money if she would sign their statement that she was forced to work and stripped naked. Even in court she mentioned that the Swedes were nothing but nice to her. 5. The 2 other women (Shift managers) in Jail as part of the 5 were also offered the same deal but they would not sign the statement as they said it was lies against the 2 Swedes, they had done nothing wrong so the 2 women were sent to jail too. 6. All the girls had rooms a few miles away from the studio where they slept between shifts. 7. All women were over the age of 18. Before they could work, they had to produce evidence of age via a passport or their birth certificate. This was necessary proof required by the external cam companies of which they were models for. 8. At no time whatsoever where any minors working in the studio even though the papers presumed the possibility. 9. All women were free to come and go as they pleased. 10. All rooms where tastefully decorated, had piped music, they had breaks when they wanted and had a fridge for their food and and snacks. 11. Every Friday the women were treated to a night out on the town as shown in the face book pictures. 12. On their days off they would often go to the beach or get their hair done. 13. They were earning as much as 40,000+ pesos per month, as much as a trained doctor. 14. Most were ex bar girls that were often beaten and abused as working prostitutes and were more than happy to be cam girls working in a safe and clean environment. 15. When possible, they would ask to come back month after month as they enjoyed the work. 16. The job allowed them to send good money back home to their family, eat well and buy the clothes they always wanted. 17. How can the two swedes be accused of human trafficking when inside philippines borders? 18. The women made their own way to Cagayan De Oro and at no time were they accompanied to the studio. They were met at CDO airport and taken to their rooms ready to start work as they had already been explained what they should do having been met in their home town or recruited by one of the other cam girls which they were paid commission for their efforts. 19. The 2 Swedes were illegally taken at gunpoint from their hotel to the studio then arrested as the police only had a warrant to arrest them at the cam studio premises. 20. The police falsified the arrest times as it has been proven by the flight manifest that one of the top reporters present at the arrest was already on the plane back to Manilla at the time the police logged the arrest. 21. The crime of Human trafficking takes 5 people otherwise it cannot be human trafficking. Hence the police arrested the 2 Swedes, 2 shift manager woman and one of the worker men to make the case stick. 22. All the other girls were threatened if they did not sign a damaging statement against the 5 arrested, they would also be added as part of the human trafficking crew. 23. The police forcibly placed the women into care. The parents of seventeen of the eighteen girls removed them from the government social services because they were being held there against their will as propaganda for the media to show the women we’re being “taken care of”. 24. Nine of these filed a case against the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) and the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) for Habeus Corpus and for forcing them to testifying against the accused under threats of imprisonment with the accused. 25. Three of the defense witnesses were girls who worked in the studio during the raid. 26. The three testified in court that they had been forced by the NBI to sign a complaint and agree to testify against the accused. 27. Many of the documents that proved their innocence were lost or forgotten at the time of the case thus allowing the police to make any statement they wanted. Please take a look at the following letter sent to the UN for additional information. https://www.facebook.com/notes/release-the-five/letter-addressed-to-the-united-nations/302470183160707 Let the facts be known.
(I highlighted the areas that reflect the same type of activities used by the NBI, CIDG and DSWD here in Angeles City. Note that some of these girls have joined together to file a case against the NBI and DSWD. This something that has not happened here in Angeles City but should.)