Manager at Swedish broadcaster fired for 'attempting to buy teenager's virginity'

Manager at Swedish broadcaster fired for 'attempting to buy teenager's virginity'

The man allegedly contacted the journalist on a website (Stock image)

Friday, September 15, 2017

A manager from SVT, a national broadcaster in Sweden, has been fired after allegedly trying to buy the virginity of a 14-year-old girl.

The man had used a "sugar dating" website to contact someone he thought was a teenager, but was actually a journalist working on an investigation, according to Sputnik.

Reporter Lisah Sifwer says she posed as a 14-year-old named Linnea on the website and she claims she was offered 9,000 SEK (£824) for her virginity by the manager.

The pair arranged to meet but it was then that the man discovered he had actually been talking to a journalist who works on the newspaper Expressen.

The manager then claimed he was not searching for sex and suggested he was instead trying to save a 14-year-old from exploitation.

Sabina Rasiwala, communications director at SVT, has announced that the matter has been referred to the police.

Sifwer also admitted that she received roughly 50 other requests after posting on the website.

There are several websites similar to the one used by the manager and journalist and it is thought many of them are bordering on prostitution.

Laws in Sweden mean buying sex is a criminal action but selling it is not. Those who pay for sex can be imprisoned for up to six months or fined.

However, where the situation involves children, people can be sentenced to between two and six years in jail.