Police investigate prostitute rapes

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Police are investigating reports of three rapes of foreign women in Oslo during the past week. A police spokeswoman has described the cases as “brutal” and “extremely serious.” 

All three occurred in apartments being used by the women, who reportedly have been working as prostitutes in Oslo. Street solicitation was outlawed in Norway last year, and most prostitution has since “moved indoors,” according to media reports.

The first report of rapes occurred when two women from Hungary were found bound and gagged inside an apartment in Oslo’s fashionable Frogner district. They said two men, possibly from Somalia, had forced their way into the apartment, raped them and left them with tape over their eyes and mouths.

A third report came from a 31-year-old woman from Russia, who described a similar ordeal. The rape she reported this week occurred on Saturday, while the two Hungarian women were found on Monday.

Police said they were taking the reports seriously but had few leads in the cases. On Thursday they said there may have been more such rapes as well that have gone unreported.

By Views and News staff