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EMPLOYMENT

Sweden hit by downbeat job statistics

Fresh statistics confirm that October has not been kind to Sweden’s working population, with 11,552 redundancies having been announced in the first two weeks of the month.

Sweden hit by downbeat job statistics

The new figures from the Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen) also show that 154,373 people were registered as unemployed last week, an increase of 537 people from the week before, and 2,782 more than the same week last year.

The number of people in supported employment fell to 80,534, down 569 from the prior week, and 14,151 fewer than a year ago.

At the same time, 72,198 people participated in employment programmes which qualified them for partial wage-replacement payments, 1,082 than the previous week, and an increase of 12,757 compared to the same week last year.

During the week, 8,931 new positions were announced in Arbetsförmedlingen’s job bank.

While the figure includes 59 more positions than were announced the previous week, it represents a 45 percent drop in the number of new positions announced during the same week one year ago.

IMMIGRATION

Boys claim woman threatened them with ‘sex or deportation’

A woman who ran a refugee home in central Sweden is under investigation for sexual offences after two Afghan boys claimed she threatened them with deportation if they refused her advances.

Boys claim woman threatened them with 'sex or deportation'
File image of asylum seekers in a Migration Agency waiting room in Solna. Photo: Marcus Ericsson/TT

The boys, who have not been named, say the woman encouraged them to film her having sex with them, newspaper Eskilstuna Kuriren reports.

She then urged them to watch the films and to phone her when they missed her, they said. 

Eskilstuna Kuriren was given access to the films and believes they show the acts described by the boys, and that the woman can clearly be identified. She rejects the accusations.

The boys told Eskilstuna Kuriren they tried to inform social services and the police about what was happening but nobody listened to them.

They then went to the newspaper with their story on the advice of relatives living in another part of Sweden. 

“The boss at the home forced us into it and exploited us for sex. She knew we had to, and that nobody would help us,” one said. 

The boys say they had sex with the woman on four or five occasions, at a hotel and in her own home in the Sörmland region.

On one occasion all three were in bed together, they say, but mostly one of the boys had sex with the woman while the other filmed. 

The woman also offered the boys alcohol, they claim, saying it would help them enjoy the experience and despite them being under 18, the legal age for drinking alcohol. 

They allege that she promised to buy them clothes and toiletries if they had sex with her, but she also told them she would destroy important documents and get the migration agency to deport them if they turned her down.

They also faced sexual advances from other people in the woman’s social circle, they say. 

In an interview with Eskilstuna Kuriren one of the boys says they would be “stoned to death” if they ever went back to Afghanistan and their story got out. 

The boys were recently moved to a home in a different municipality. Local authorities there contacted the police after learning of their allegations. 

Police confirmed to the newspaper that an investigation into sexual offences was ongoing. They would not specify what the alleged offences were. 

The boys say they arrived in Sweden in November after they were urged by their families to flee Afghanistan and seek a better life.