Swedish towns ?controlled by Mafia gangs?

Some small and medium-sized towns in Sweden are effectively controlled by Mafia-style gangs, according to a new report from the National Criminal Investigation Department to European police organisation Europol.

Swedish television company SVT reports that threats and extortion have increased tenfold in the past decade, with certain places suffering particularly from the new trend.

Södertälje, near Stockholm, is one of the towns that police say has a large organised crime problem, with protection rackets and effectively controlling the town’s pubs and bars.

“Police need to reorganise and think creatively. Everyone knows this, and this is exactly what’s going on in Sweden at the moment,” says commisioner Thord Modin of Swedish police.

Sources: SVT