Farmer hid camera in worker’s bedroom

A vegetable farmer from Skåne in southern Sweden is under investigation by police after he admitted to filming the sexual activity of a 21-year-old Latvian guest worker. The woman came to Sweden at the beginning of the summer to earn some money processing vegetables.

The Latvian worker contacted police after she and a friend borrowed the farmer’s computer on Sunday to check their e-mail.

“When she was sitting at the computer the woman carried out a search for her own name,” police investigator Paul Nilsson told The Local.

To her surprise, the search brought up a folder labelled with her personal details. Inside the folder were files containing explicit video footage of the woman having sex with her boyfriend.

On returning that evening to the apartment she rents from her employer, the seasonal worker managed to locate the hidden camera in her bedroom. She found the device next to a light fitting in the ceiling.

“We have confiscated the camera and the computer. The farmer has admitted to placing the camera in the woman’s bedroom,” said Nilsson.

Police say there are so far no indications that the woman’s boss had cameras in the bedrooms of any of his other workers, or that he stored the videos on his computer for anything other than private use.

The farmer, who is “around 50 years old”, is not reported to have any previous convictions. He is under suspicion for privacy violations and sexual harassment.


Swedish KD leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

Sweden's Christian Democrats have called for tougher sentences for sex offenders and making release conditional on chemical castration.

Swedish KD leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

The Swedish Christian Democrats (KD) leader has called for the chemical castration of certain sex offenders as part of plans for a tougher grip on sexual crime and punishment in Sweden.

Speaking to the Swedish parliament on July 1st, KD party leader Ebba Busch said, “Every day, 27 rapes are reported. How many days must pass before the government takes action?”

“Today we propose that rapists and people who commit sexual crimes against children should be able to be chemically castrated.”

The controversial chemical castration proposal was the headline grabbing soundbite in a broader set of proposals to recalibrate the structure of Sweden’s sexual crime sentencing.

Among KD’s proposed sentencing changes is a life sentence for the aggravated rape of a child, the removal of automatic conditional release for sex offenders, and an increase in the sentence for aggravated rape up to a maximum of 25 years.

In addition, they want a “monitoring period” for convicts who have been released, equivalent to one third of the sentence served.

They also want to establish a national knowledge centre for sexual violence where people who feel that they have “problematic sexuality” can receive support. The center must also “be able to administer chemical castration on a voluntary basis to those who are concerned about unwanted sexual thoughts and impulses and have a compulsive sexuality”.

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Chemical castration, she suggested, should be implemented as a condition of release for some sexual offenders. “It may mean that if a person like Nytorgsmannen is to be able to become a free man, a chemical castration must have taken place before the release,” Busch said, referring to Andreas Holm, a man sentenced in 2021 for 35 different crimes including 24 rapes.

But this is not the first time the Christian Democrats have toyed with the idea of chemical castration as a form of legal punishment. As far back as 20 years ago, under former leader Alf Svensson, the right-wing party raised the idea of conditional chemical castration of rapists and pedophiles.

At the time the proposal was rejected by all other parties.

Chemical castration, the process of preventing sex hormone production through chemicals, can reduce sexual libido but the effects on those with deviant behaviours are relatively unknown.

Chemical castration can also prove costly as it is not a one-off treatment but rather requires regular interventions, which means the police would be reliant on those sentences to chemical castration making regular trips to the authorities for further treatment.