Brynjar Meling and Fritjof Feydt, lawyers willing to harass victim of traficking
Erik Strand, June 26 2014
In his book “Rikets tlstand” (“State of the nation”), author Stein Morten Lier tells the story about a woman named Anna who was treathened and forced to prostitution in Norway. I will com back to how the two lawyers Brynjar Meling and Fritjof Feydt behaved in this case. But first some background.
Anna grew up inthe countryside in Russia, not far from the Latvian border. When the cow from which her family made their living died, the family’s economical situation turned wery awkward, and Anna felt that she had to do something. She met two younger girls who knew who she was. One of the girls planned to go to Moscow and asked if Anna wanted to join her. She told that her mother used to go to Moscow used to go there and returned with enough money for the family to live from for several months. Anna chose to go to Moscow.
When they cametoMoscow, they had no place to go. In the evening a stranger came and asked if they had somwhere to stay overnight. The man took them to a student housing and fixed a room for them. The two girls stayed for two weeks in Moscow trying to find work. Sometimes the man who had helped them to find somewhere to live came to give them some money. He said that he could help them to find work, but that he did not know many people in Moscow. If they wanted to go with him to Lithuania, he could easily find work for them.
The girls chose to go. They took train to Belarus. In Belarus they were met by a man who said that he was going to take care of them until their friend in Moscow arrived. This unknown, but friendly, man drove them to a hotel where they stayed overnight. The next morning he came and said that he was going to drive them to Lithuania. If they were stopped in the customs, the girls were told to say they were going to a wedding. Somewhere after the border the car turned off from the main road and drove to a small village where they parked. An hour later two men with a scary appearance showed up. The driver went on with these two men in the car. Late in the evening one of the men turned around and presented himself as Vadim. His friend’s name was Alexander.
Later, the car turned away from the main road and turned up in front of a house.Around the house htere was a high fence, and an agressive dog patrolled inside. Inside the house the girls were told by Alexander that they had to do exactly as he said. Otherwise they would be beaten up. Trying to escape would be effortless. They would in allcircumstances be found. And if they were not found, the men would find their families and mistreat them. Thereafter he spent a lot of time telling what had happened to other girls who had opposed them. Alexander told them that death would seem pleasant compared to what would happen if they refused to obey. They would be hit until they were totally disabled and would have to sit in a wheelchair for the rest of their lives.
Anna tells: “I do not remember everything that happened that evening and night, but we were forced to have oral sex. Lena and I had to take each our turns and pretend that we liked it. Then we were forced to have sex with each other; kiss, lick … I recall that Vadim raped me from behind, and I screamed. Then Alexander said that that was good; that was the way it should be. Now it was real. After that Vadim put his penis in my mouth, and I remember that I ran out to puke.
After some days the girls were moved to Vilnius, where they were closed in an appartment for almost two months. Each day from six to eight men showed up. They got drunk, shouted at the girls and raped them. They hit, marked them with cigarettes and treathened to cut them up with knives.
Later on Anna got a forged, Lithuaninan passport and brought to Norway. They came to Oslo in December 2001, where they once more were raped and forced to prostitution. The police learned about the case and there was an investigation. There was a trial against some of the men involved. Those indicted were lucky tohave lawyers willing to go far to defend their interests. Brynjar Meling called Anna’s employer, who knew nothing about her past, and told that she had been selling sex and wondered if she behaved well at work. Fritjof Feydt went even further. He tracked Anna’s mother and told that her daughter had meen selling sex in Norway. He wondered if she had done so in her homeland too. At that time Anna’s mother knew nothing about her daughter’s situation. When he did not get any answer from the mother, he went on calling others in the small village asking the same questions.
Anna’s social service contact told that they had not yet talked with Anna’s mother; they had not imagined that the lawyers would act in such a way. In court Meling portrayed Anna as a woman who had been selling sex in her homeland too. The court would not listen to that, but it became such a burden for Anna that the prosecutor concidered closing the case for her sake. In this way the lawyers almost achieved what they intended.