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Social services stood by while girl sold sex

TT/The Local · 24 Jun 2010, 09:42

Published: 24 Jun 2010 09:42 GMT+02:00

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The girl’s doctor, child psychiatrists and the girl’s school had between them reported the girl’s situation to social services six times over two years, according to newspaper Sydsvenskan.

As well as reports of drug abuse and prostitution, it was reported that the girl had been the victim of group rape. Despite the reports, social services did not take action.

When social workers finally tried to intervene the girl refused to turn up to meetings and said she didn’t want anything to do with them. The social services missed the opportunity to take the girl into protective custody, as by the time they acted on her case she was already 18.

The National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) on Wednesday criticized the Helsingborg city authorities for failing to act more quickly and missing the chance to section her.

“It is unusual for us to make such serious criticisms,” said the board’s Christer Neleryd.

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The board said it was particularly concerned that social services chiefs had deleted parts of the girl’s records when the case was due to be investigated.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:57 June 24, 2010 by Siljie
Ouch. Hope they get their act together.
10:23 June 24, 2010 by Manoj
why do most of the stories nowadays on the Local sound similar to stuff in Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy?????

including the one about the police chief arrested for prostitution!!!!
11:16 June 24, 2010 by MIK in Sweden
Ithink if Social services intervened on time, that girl can have much better life then she has now. Those who ingored requests from Doctor and School should be questions and the one who deleted the record should be sacked.
12:16 June 24, 2010 by Lukestar1991
It is absolutely scandalous, the question that should be asked is 'how can this happen in Sweden?' its utterly shameful that the authorities have no actual 'authority' to protect and act in the best interests of normal people.

@Manoj, i couldnt agree more, you said exactly what i have been thinking, it seems that Stieg Larsson had an incredibly disturbing but brilliant vision of how society was going to turn out, however, i hope im proved wrong though.
12:26 June 24, 2010 by Frobobbles
Selling of sex is not illegal in Sweden.
15:14 June 24, 2010 by Lukestar1991
@Frobobbles, but the 'buying' that takes place during the 'selling' is, and thats what makes it illegal.
15:48 June 24, 2010 by GLO
Man!!! What part of WRONG do you NOT GET !!!! The first report should start a serious action. Any paid staff not doing this should be FIRED. WoW the entire chain of command should get fired.
17:09 June 24, 2010 by CarlBlack
I am rather curious why her parents have not acted and why there is nothing about them in the article. They are always the first responsible. If they grow her like this, social service can hardly do anything against the will of 16 years old
17:45 June 24, 2010 by JulieLou40
19:45 June 24, 2010 by SilentLogic
All the primary characters of this tale and her whole society should be taken into account. She is in the age where one can be victim of betrayal simply and socially. She needs serious counseling instead of Police->Court->Media GAME.
20:01 June 24, 2010 by Soft Boiled
Lucky it wasn´t if England had lost to Slovenia, there would have been a serious inquiry
01:06 June 25, 2010 by Swedesmith
Is her name Lisbeth Salander?
02:47 June 25, 2010 by USA Is Number 1
Since buying sexual services is illegal in Sweden but selling sexual services is not and since the legal age of consent for sex is so low in Sweden compared to most developed countries, there may not have been much that could have been done besides try to convince her parents to take responsibility (not that it is easy) or to put a police tag on her in order to interdict her violation of Swedish laws that fueled her desire to get paid (in drugs or money) for sex.

The age of consent for sex in Sweden is lower than the age required for the same person to enter into marriage or other government-recognized co-habitation partnership. Who knows what to make of that.
05:01 June 25, 2010 by Frobobbles
@Lukestar1991, yes, the 'buying' makes it illegal. But please understand that the selling IS legal. There is NO law against a person being a proffesional prostitute, to live on it as a business AND to, for this purpose, advertise it widely on the internet etc. So the headline "Social services stood by while girl sold sex" looks like something was amiss, but is perfectly legal and 'normal'.

Of course, this is an insane misconstruct in the swedish legal system. It comes from feminist lobbying. The feminist view is that a woman is permanently a victim and can never ever do anything wrong.
10:24 June 27, 2010 by DamnImmigrant
The idiots reported this to the wrong government agency!

If you really wanted immediate action and a way to make this girl stop - you report her to the TAXATION Authorities!

Sweden seems to have no sense of humor when it comes to tax cheats.
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