Swedish ships brought slaves to Ottoman Empire
Swedish ships took actively part in the slave trade in the Mediterranean during the 18th century. Many of the slaves that were shipped on Swedish vessels were women who risked ending up as sex slaves in Istanbul and other parts of the Ottoman Empire, the daily Dagens Nyheter reports.
"It was a brutal trade with human beings and now we know that also Sweden was a link in that chain. The similarities with the trafficking of today is striking," says Joachim Östlund, researcher at Lund University’s History Department.
During his work with a new book on Swedes in North Africa, Joachim Östlund discovered documents showing that Swedish ships at at least during seven occasions carried “negroes” on board, as they left the harbour in Tripoli in today’s Libya. The information was found in old shipping registers which were found at the Swedish consulate in Tripoli. The documents have been kept there for over 250 years. (via Radio Sweden)
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