Norwegian convicted of pimping in Moldova transferred to Norway to serve a 20-year prison sentence

Oslo District CourtPhoto: Trond Reidar Teigen / NTB
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A Norwegian man who has been convicted of recruiting children for prostitution in Moldova is being transferred to Norway. He will have to serve a 20-year prison sentence. 

In 2015, the man in his 50s was sentenced to 24 years in prison in Moldova for human trafficking, pimping, and complicity in sexual intercourse with children under 14 – in connection with the recruitment of children for prostitution. 

The Moldovan Supreme Court upheld the verdict in the same year.

In 2016, he asked to serve his prison sentence in Norway, which the Norwegian authorities have agreed to.

On Friday last week, the Oslo District Court determined that the man would serve 20 years in prison.

The court decision states that the maximum punishment the man could have received in Norway for the offenses is 20 years. 

Considered a conversion

In two letters, however, the Attorney General wrote that the sentence in Norway would probably have been between eight and ten years in prison, and in the ruling, the district court agreed with this assessment.

The Norwegian Correctional Service has considered the possibility of converting the sentence into Norwegian practice, but in the end, they concluded that it is unlikely that the authorities in Moldova would accept the transfer if the sentence is converted.

Thus, the district court set the prison sentence to 20 years. 

The man had said in advance that he still wanted a transfer to Norway even if the sentence was set to 20 years.

Source: #Norway Today, #NorwayTodayNews

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