Swedish prosecutors have charged a group of 24 Russians and Swedes with human trafficking, pimping and buying sex from nine Russian women, the AFP news agency reports.

Four Russian citizens, three men and one woman, were charged with aggravated pimping and human trafficking and face a maximum of eight years in prison and deportation.

Twenty other men, all Swedes, were charged with buying sex or attempting to buy sex. Under Swedish law, it is illegal to buy sex but not to sell it.

The crimes were believed to have been committed over a period of three to four years, between 2003 and 2006.

The prosecutor said he was only able to prove human trafficking in one of the cases and said the other eight women had come from Russia to Sweden of their own will.

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