Originally Posted by LadyFinn
Madeleine talked to Expressen last Monday at her work event, and Expressen published the story today. Madeleine talked about sexual exploitation, but also about the death of Max Stenbeck. Max's sister Sophie is Madeleine's childhood friend and the Stenbeck family are friends with the royal family. Christina Stenbeck is one of the experts at Prince Daniel Fellowship. Max Stenbeck died two weeks ago from complications of diabetes, he was 30 years old.
Madeleine om sorgen efter Max Stenbeck Nyheter Expressen
Trafficking in Stockholm. "You get a little afraid of the dark when you know how many millions of children are victims of this everyday in world," says Madeleine.
Almost two months ago the court announced that Princess Madeleine moved to Sweden.
Now she has had time to do more official engagements in Sweden and in an interview, the Princess speaks of what she thinks about human trafficking and sexual exploitation, her move to Stockholm and the tragic news that Max Stenbeck passed away.
- It's clear that it's really horrible. We all think of Sophie and her family and are there for them, says Princess Madeleine.
After about four years in Manhattan where she lived with Chris O'Neill came the news that the family, with little Leonore, is moving back to Sweden. In Stockholm, the princess resides in one of the apartments of the royal Royal Court, and on several occasions, Chris O'Neill and the princess, who is happy to be back on Swedish soil, have been sighted in the capital.
- It's great to be home with family and friends. It's fun, she says.
No risk of collision
In connection with Madeleine relocating to Stockholm the court also confirmed that the princess will give birth to her second child in Sweden. During the King's and Queen's state visit to Finland recently the Queen spoke to Expressen saying that Madeleine's second child is scheduled to arrive in June, the same month that Prince Carl Philip and Sofia are getting married.
But there's no risk of collision between the wedding and birth as the wedding is scheduled for the 13th of June while the child is expected to come at the end of same month.
Madeleine who had their first child in the US is confident about giving birth in Sweden.
- Yes, I will. It's an exciting time ahead of us. There is a lot of fun going on, says the princess.
But it is not just the happy news for the princess. Two weeks ago, Max Stenbeck passed away, only 30 years old, affecting the princess. She has been friends with his sister Sophie Stenbeck since childhood and her father, Jan Stenbeck, who died in 2002, was a friend of the king. Sophie Stenbeck has previously praised the princess's and The Queens work against human trafficking and their interest in charity issues which they have in common.
- It's really horrible. We think of Sophie and her family and are there for them, she says.
Max Stenbeck is not the only heavy topic for Madeleine, who recently attended a conference on human trafficking at the Clarion Hotel in Stockholm, where she spoke at several lecturers, among other things, grooming county administrative work to identify what it is that brings trouble and help refugees who are coming to Sweden and carried away, and in some cases subjected to various kinds of abuse.
Madeleine tells us that it has been a hectic day but these are very important issues and she thinks it is completely unacceptable that there are human trafficking and sexual exploitation, 2015.
- It is completely unacceptable. It's really terrible and it's such a big problem in our society. You get a little afraid of the dark when you know how many millions of children are victims of this everyday in world, says Madeleine.
What has made the biggest impression on the princess?
- I think the whole day has been interesting. It has been hectic but the issues raised are so important, so it is difficult to say that one is more important than another. But there is a big problem regarding all of the unaccompanied refugee children who disappear. It was a big part of the morning which was spent talking about the problem. This afternoon we have just covered grooming. It is also so very scary to see how many young girls there are who are victims of this and do not dare say anything. They take on this and believe that it is their own fault. It is so important and we need to reach out, it is not their own fault. It is the responsibility of adults to be there for young children and ask how they really feel, really listen and ask questions again. It takes a lot before reaching the youth and there are so many, unfortunately, who are doing very badly and who suffered atrocities which exploited them sexually.
During the day there has been talks about the Internet and smartphones as a platform where many of these people seek contact. The Princess has a child herself and waits another. Are you nervous or worried that your children should be contacted in any way?
- Of course I am. Again, it is so important that we adults take our responsibility and really ask our children, and talk to them about what they do. That you tell them not to put information about themselves or where they live. This is so important. It's scary. As mentioned earlier in the day, a few years ago with Alexander's case. Before, perhaps there were computers in homes which everyone used for information, now most use a smartphone where one has internet access. There is so much more accessibility, it is scary, says the princess.
The Internet is incredibly important - also
Anna Hårleman De Geer, General Secretary of Childhood, adds:
- At the same time, the internet is incredibly important for children. It is available as a part of our society. It is very important that the internet may be used for good purposes as well. But it happens, as we spoke earlier, many times children know what others are doing in real life, thorugh the internet. One would never say to their children that it is okay to go to a dangerous place in life, it's the same thing on the internet. There are places that you do not go either, she says.''