Deportation fears delayed abuse report

The fears of a refugee family in hiding and those protecting them provide at least a partial explanation of how a 58-year-old man managed to hold a woman captive in a cabin outside of Eksjö in south central Sweden for nine years without detection.

Deportation fears delayed abuse report

Victor Zhuk and his family came to Sweden from Ukraine in 2003, but their asylum application was denied, forcing them underground, reports the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper.

The family eventually met Pentecostal pastor Siwert Ahrrén, who offered the pair sanctuary at the campground he owned outside of Eksjö, in a cabin next to the one rented by the 58-year-old man.

It didn’t take long before the 58-year-old made it clear he didn’t like his new neighbours.

He verbally and physically threatened both Ahrrén and Zhuk’s family, and on one occasion he went so far as to hit Zhuk’s wife.

“We couldn’t go to the police, despite that he hit my wife and was holding that sick woman like a prisoner. Then we could have been unmasked and sent back to Ukraine,” Zhuk told SvD.

In 2006, the Zhuks finally received permanent residency in Sweden and both Zhuk and his wife began working

Feeling secure that the family’s future was safe in Sweden, Zhuk’s wife filed a complaint with police about the 58-year-old in November of 2007.

It came as a shock to the family, however, that police would wait ten more months before taking action.

“It’s hard to believe that this can happen in the democracy of Sweden. Why didn’t the authorities intervene right away?” said Zhuk.

Looking back, campground owner Ahrrén says he didn’t see any other choice than to remain silent despite what he knew about the 58-year-old and the sick woman.

“My hands were tied. I suspected that the woman wasn’t well, but if I had done something about it the refugees would have suffered. There is so much that I could say,” he said to SvD.


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