Five men were sentenced to five years in prison each in Reykjanes District Court yesterday for attempting to force a 19-year-old woman into prostitution. This is the first human trafficking conviction in Iceland.
All of the convicts and their victim come from Lithuania. The woman had been forced into prostitution in her home country before she was sent to Iceland. She broke down during the flight and was subsequently taken into police care, visir.is reports.
The woman has been in hiding while the suspects were held in custody for the past months; it was believed that they might harm her if they got out.
The convicts maintain their innocence and have all appealed the ruling to the Supreme Court. An Icelandic citizen who was also on trial for human trafficking was found not guilty, Morgunbladid reports.
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