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High school students in Sweden have confessed that one in 30 of them have had sex with a teacher, a new study has revealed.

The survey of 600 16 to 18-year-olds revealed that 20 - or nearly four per cent - said they had had a sexual or romantic relationship with a member of school staff.

And more than five per cent said the knew of pupils who had been seduced by teachers in other schools.

Critics blame Sweden's lax child abuse laws where sex with a pupil is only an offence if the teacher "seriously" takes advantage of their position of authority to bed a student.

Expert sex abuse lawyer Kristina Huldt explained: "The law could be better and clearer."

"As it stands, evidence is required that the teacher in question persuaded the pupil. That can be hard to prove," she added.

But Teachers' Ethical Council spokesman Jesper Rehn said: "You can't ban love. The fact that there is attraction is not unusual, but we have to think about how we handle it."

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