The Bandidos offered to supply youngsters in south-west Skåne with clothes bearing the gang’s logo. Any child who initially accepted but then had a change of heart was threatened with fines or violence, according to Skånska Dagbladet.
“The young people who come to their senses and no longer want to wear the clothes risk being subjected to threats, assault and in certain cases being forced to pay money to the gang,” said Thomas Servin, head of the intelligence section of Skåne Police.
Gang crime is a growing problem across Sweden, with reported cases of extortion doubling in the past ten years. Police estimate that there are now fifty criminal gangs around the country.
Read more about Swedish organized crime in Daniel Boman’s latest article in our Swedish Life section.