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Child rights group slams Sweden on sex crimes

TT/The Local/rm · 13 Apr 2011, 11:49

Published: 13 Apr 2011 11:49 GMT+02:00

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The group furthermore slammed the Swedish police for not having investigated more than 100,000 images depicting sexual abuse against children.

In a letter to the UN signed by Ecpat and 30 other child rights organizations, they maintain that Sweden fails to take the appropriate measures in the fight against child trafficking.

Child sex tourists travel freely abroad exploiting local children due to the Swedish government’s inability to charge offenders, according to Ecpat.

They want the government to prioritise the sex trade with children and give the police more resources to fight these crimes.

“Enormous amounts of child porn are confiscated but only a very small share of the victims are ever identified. Each image must be scrutinised,“ Helena Karlén of Ecpat told news agency TT.

Over the years Ecpat has turned to several Swedish ministers for backing in this question but not much has been achieved.

“Child pornography crimes are not prioritised. Most of the victims are not Swedish children and that explains in part why not so much has been done about it,” Karlén told TT.

Sweden's minister for justice, Beatrice Ask, repudiates the accusations from Ecpat.

"It is not true that Swedish police and Swedish authorities are not actively working on this problem," she told TT.

She thinks that the child organizations seem misinformed as to what Sweden is doing to combat sex tourism.

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At the police they say that Ecpat and the other groups are basing their figures on a report from 2008 and that they have come a long way since then.

"We take this very seriously and are rather good at combatting child porn crimes," Björn Sällström of the National Police child porn unit told TT.

Sweden will be reporting their efforts on combatting child pornography and child trafficking to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child for the first time this year.

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13:06 April 13, 2011 by Nemesis
Comment: Ecpat is doing us all a good service by raising this terrible issue.

Sweden is a signature to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. However Sweden seems to have done very little to back up the words protecting children that Sweden signed up to.

It is unfortunate the chattering class's in Stockholm are to busy lining there own pockets to care about what is going on around them.
13:12 April 13, 2011 by RobinHood
The police are way too busy using teams of detectives to stake out middle-aged hookers and their johns in Stockholm to worry about Swedes sexually exploiting children in far away places.

Shame that!
14:08 April 13, 2011 by djmarko
Hmm, interesting, what are the crime statistics here? as people generally love to bring up when a crime is committed in Sweden, or let me re-phrase this, are immigrants responsible for these types of crime as well?? I do know Swedes generally travel to the far east, places like Thailand where i will assume crimes against children are rampant, not saying Swedes commit these types of crime as i have no proof, just goes to show crimes should not be turned into a political weapon used, there are good and bad people everywhere!
14:21 April 13, 2011 by eZee.se
Why bother with the children getting molested when there is a far more disturbing crime taking place: People downloading MP3 files!


The poor multinational companies wont be able to afford their 7th mansion or instead of buying that entire building in the center of town... they will have to buy it 3 blocks away. The horror!!!!!

I've said it before I will say it again:

Child porn only hurts a few schmucks: the kids, the immediate family and probably extended family and friends. Downloading MP3 files hurts these foreign media companies' pockets... and guess who bribes...ummm, talks to politicians all the time? Let me give you a hint, it ain't the parents of little Joey who got his life shattered before he even got his life started.

Besides, the music industry LOVES child porn:

14:27 April 13, 2011 by cogito
Why bother with children when there is graffiti that must be stopped.
14:47 April 13, 2011 by prism sr
Women and children have been victims of child trafficking for thousands of years. It is considered as a modern-day form of slavery. Thousand of young boys and girls are trafficked every year.

I would like to suggest a documentary relating to this article, "Sold: An MTV EXIT Special" presented by Indian actress and UNFPA Ambassador, Lara Dutta. The Program introduces the tragedy of trafficking in South Asia where thousand of young girls and boys are sold into modern-day slavery.

To watch this documentary online visit: http://www.cultureunplugged.com/play/479
15:25 April 13, 2011 by HeilNizar
So why is this not being taken serious in Sweden/Europe? Do they think that those sick pedophiles are only pedophiles when they are abroad on the hunt for victims and at home they are normal citizens?!

Little they know those politicians how serious this is on kids and how most of them will be traumatized and mentally disturbed the rest of their lives just because some sick guy wanted to fulfill his sick desire that moment.

I recommend middle/dark ages punishment for all pedophiles, hang them in public and make them a lesson.
15:42 April 13, 2011 by Rishonim
Government officials in Sweden are not so concerned because in most cases they are also perpetrators of those sex offences against children's. I am skeptical when I hear a bunch of Svenzzon farmers traveling to Thailand. I always assume it is for cheap beers and then to have sex with little kids.
20:29 April 13, 2011 by Syftfel
This will no doubt pose an interesting, but delicate, dilemma for Sweden in all its multicultural political correctness. On one hand you have the Svenssons traveling to Thailand in order to have sex with children. Juxtapose that with the demands of certain cultures where forced marriage, and sexual mutilation, of minors are de-rigeur, indeed mandatory. It will be interesting to watch the politicians twisting themselves into virtual pretzels in trying to justify one, but not the other. Let's keep an eye on this one folks.
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