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Nudist couple in court for sex in front of their children

The couple, aged 50 and 61, is charged for "compromising the sexual integrity" of their two daughters.

Nudist couple in court for sex in front of their children
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Numerous erotic photos of the couple were found in the home, 20 Minuten reported, as well as photos showing the elder daughter, when she was aged between 11 to 14, nude or in her underwear. In one of them, she appeared to be sucking her mother's breast.

However, her stepfather referred to these as “simple, erotic pictures which were not shocking at the time they were made,” adding that “customs have changed”.

The daughter, now 23, moved out of the family home when she turned eleven but told the court that she feels traumatized.

“They had sex everywhere. In the living room, on the balcony, on their car – they never closed the doors,” she is quoted by 20 Minutes as saying. “I still remember the looks on their faces.”

A spokesperson at the courthouse in Vevey, in the canton Vaud, confirmed to The Local that the case was taking place, but was unable to give further details.

The case was originally brought to court after neighbours reported the couple for suspected sexual abuse of their other daughter, who is aged eight and lives with the couple. After a medical examination found no trace of abuse, this investigation was closed, but a separate enquiry was opened into the trauma suffered by both children.

The prosecution argued that “for a ten-year period, the defendants put their personal pleasure above their children's wellbeing”, saying that the girls “learned the meaning of sexual pleasure too young”. The younger daughter allegedly exposed herself to a boy of her own age, which prosecutor Maria Giannattasio said shows the effects of “her parents' lack of shame”.

The couple deny the allegations. The mother said: “We have never made love in front of our children. My daughter is lying. She has always lied.”

The verdict is expected at the end of the week, with the couple risking up to 24 months in jail – although any sentence is likely to be suspended. The couple's defence argue that the offences were “morally reprehensible but not criminal”.

Additional reporting by Raphael Warnke

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Zurich’s most popular baby names from 2021 have been revealed. A strong trend towards short names has emerged - and there’s barely an Urs or Ursula in sight.

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On Thursday, Zurich council published its list of most popular baby names in 2021. 

During 2021, 5,251 babies were born across the canton, which is Switzerland’s most populous. 

On top of the list for boys was Noah, with 27 of the boys born last year receiving the biblical name. 

The leader for the girls was a little more controversial, with two different names laying claim to the crown. 

While 28 of the girls born in Zurich last year were called Olivia, there were 44 girls born in total with a variation of Sophia/Sofia. 

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Short names dominated both lists, with Emma, Anna, Ella and Mia ranking high for girls, alongside Leo, Louis and Theo for boys. 

Another trend is that diversity is on the slide in Zurich, with fewer names given than in previous years. 

Swiss tabloid Blick reports that while 15 years ago there were 62 different names for every 100 people, there were less than 50 (48 for girls and 47 for boys) in 2021. 

Middle names are also on the rise in Switzerland, with 57 percent having one in 2021 compared to 48 percent in the 1990s. 

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Although the 2021 figures haven’t been released for Switzerland, those from 2020 showed Noah was popular across the country as the favourite boys name. 

Olivia however was not even in the top five for girls names in Switzerland, where Mia, Emma and Mila were the most popular. 

Much like pretty much everything in Switzerland, there are significant differences between linguistic regions. 

In total, there were 461 Mias born in Switzerland last year, followed by 407 Emmas and 350 Milas.

Switzerland saw 507 Noahs born last year, followed by 372 Liams and 359 Matteos.

Mia and Noah are the most popular names in German-speaking Switzerland as well as in the country as a whole, which is of course helped by the fact that around 60 percent of Switzerland speaks German.

French-speaking Switzerland, also known as Romandie, saw Gabriel and Emma top the charts in 2020.

Sofia claimed top prize in the Italian-speaking part of the country, while Leonardo was far and away the biggest winner among the boys.

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