Fear spreads among prostitutes

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As police continued to investigate the murder of a Bulgarian prostitute in Oslo last week, fear was spreading among others working in the sex trade. Meanwhile, another prostitute was beaten and robbed by a client during the weekend, in Kristiansand.

State broadcaster NRK reported Monday afternoon that the woman in Kristiansand was robbed of several thousand kroner by two masked men at the Yess Hotel in Kristiansand. Police said the 28-year-old prostitute was badly beaten.

In Oslo police were asking for tips from customers of Galina Sandeva, also age 28, whose body was found in her own car on Oslo’s waterfront on Thursday afternoon. Even though it is illegal to buy sex in Oslo, but not sell it, police claimed customers supplying any information would not be prosecuted.

“Our attention is on solving a murder case,” Grete Lien Metlid of the Oslo Police District told NRK. “Therefore it’s important that if folks know something, that they contact us, regardless of why they may known something.”

Other prostitutes were worried and angry in the wake of Sandeva’s murder. “It’s a shocking experience for the women, that someone they knew is murdered,” Bjørg Norli of Pro Senteret, a support organization for prostitutes in Oslo, told newspaper Aftenposten. Few prostitutes were out on the streets during the weekend, with one woman saying they were staying home out of fear.

newsinenglish.no staff