Au pair case to the Supreme Court

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Au pair case will be dealt with by Supreme Court

The au pair case, where businessman Ragnar Horn and his wife were convicted of a breach of the au pair scheme, will go before the Supreme Court.


Horn and his wife were first sentenced to five months in prison by Oslo District Court. The married couple appealed to Borgarting Court of Appeal, who sentenced them to 90 days in prison, in addition to a seizure of 186,000 kroner.

The two were convicted of having given false statements to the public authorities and for several violations of the Immigration Act. Now the appeal has been released through the appeal committee and shall be dealt with by the Supreme Court.

“It is obviously a step in the right direction that the court of appeal reduced the punishment by the district court by 40%, but we disagree with
the law enforcement law enforcement and punishment,” said Ragnar Horn’s lawyer, Svein Holden, after the verdict, fell to the court of law.


The case is that the married couple had several au pairs for two years, among them two Philippine sisters. Since only one is allowed, a friend had told the Immigration Directorate that one sister would be with them.

According to Gunhild Vehusheia, Assistant Attorney to the two au pairs, they had been employed to work as au pairs in Norway, but ended up as underpaid housekeepers.

41 kroner per hour

In a report published by Vehusheia in the district court, the ‘au pairs’ worked eleven hours on weekdays, four hours each Saturday, and two hours each Sunday for the family. This paid 41 kroner per hour.

When the case was in the district court, Horn claimed that he was used as a “poster boy” for all that is wrong with the au pair scheme. Both of them acknowledged guilt but disagreed with the criminal investigation.


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1 Comment on "Au pair case to the Supreme Court"

  1. In Oslo normal price for full-time babysitter is 62 nok brutto. I think everyone pays less to au pairs if they provide them food and accommodation…

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