A court in Stavanger has convicted a 45-year-old Norwegian man of human trafficking, after declaring that the lives of two 22-year-old au pairs from the Philippines could be compared to those of a sex slave. They lived and worked in his family’s home, where he subjected them to rape and other forms of sexual abuse.
The court sentenced the 45-year-old father of two to seven-and-a-half years in prison, after they convicted him of repeatedly raping one of the young women.
The women were both 22 when they arrived on au pair contracts in the man’s home in Hordaland, western Norway, in 2010 and 2011. The court noted that both women came from poor families in the Philippines, and that the defendant exploited their vulnerable situation to demand sexual contact with them.
Judge Bjørn Enoksen Ristesund wrote that the defendant’s actions and the circumstances under which they were carried out could be compared “to a form of sex slavery.” The court also ordered him to pay NOK 200,000 (USD 33,000) in damages to one of the two women.