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CRIME

Child porn offenders could walk free

A number of suspected child porn offenders may escape trial as Swedish police, despite training 100 specialized staff, struggle to get through their caseload.

Time is running out in around 20 cases for which the statute of limitations may prevent a prosecution.

“We have cases that are beginning to get very old now. We’re hoping to get to grips with these and make sure that they are fully investigated before the limitation takes effect,” Stefan Kronqvist, head of the police’s IT crime division, told public radio news programme Ekot.

Each year police tackle 300 to 400 new child pornography cases.

According to Kronqvist, police resources have been stretched as the average amount of material confiscated has risen dramatically over the last few years.

While in 2004 it was common to find collections of 10,000 to 100,000 pictures and films, now it is not unusual to find two million pictures and films. And film clips that once lasted 20 to 30 seconds are now often two hours long.

The police say they cannot afford to commit more resources to crimes that the justice system does not consider among the most serious.

“We wish these crimes were prioritized since there are children involved,” said Kronqvist.

HEALTH

Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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