Three men have been arrested following reports that a woman was gang-raped in an attack in Sweden that was streamed on Facebook Live.
The alleged assault took place in a flat in the town of Uppsala, north of Stockholm on Saturday (21 January).Eye-witness Josefine Lundgren, 21, alerted the police at 8.24am on Sunday morning as soon as she realised what was happening on the closed group, of which she is one of 60,000 members. She told Swedish paper, Expressn
"He tore off her clothes and lay down on top of her,“You have been raped,” one of the men said to the woman at the end of the broadcast before laughing, according to the paper. “Three against one, ha ha ha,” one of the members of the closed group then commented under the feed.According to Sweden’s state broadcaster SVT, the men then made a second live broadcast in which she stated that she had not been raped, a broadcast which was still continuing when police arrived in the flat, arrested those present, and turned off the camera.
Another online witness told the paper:
"At first I thought it was a poorly orchestrated joke. The first thing you think is: 'How can you do such a thing to a girl? And how can you do it live?' It is totally sick."
My heart broke,” Linda Johansson, who saw the second of the broadcasts, told SVT. “The girl was sitting in front of the camera while the guy who filmed her tried to make her deny that she had been raped.
"He was putting the words in her mouth. He was extremely threatening and laughed throughout the film.