More employers seek access to crime register

An increasing number of Swedish employers are demanding applicants to submit a report from the national criminal database.

The number of requests has increased more than three-fold in the past eight years.

“There has been a massive increase and it feels almost as if every second employers was to have a database record. This applies to as good as all groups of employees,” said Solveig Johansson at the National Police Board (Rikspolisstyrelsen) to the trade union newspaper TCO Tidningen.

In 2003 133,100 requests were made for criminal records while in 2010 this figure had leapt to 363,900 with 2011 forecast to be a record year.

Since 2001 there has been a requirement for all those working in schools and children’s daycare to submit a record from the criminal register covering sex offences and serious violent crimes.

Employers from other sectors are however entitled to request the full criminal records of applicants, which would show all offences, such as shoplifting or speeding.

Solveig Johansson told TCO Tidningen that the Police Board regularly fields calls from concerned job-seekers.

“They ask whether there is something they can do to remove the information in the criminal register, but it is not possible,” she said.

The boom in requests is explained by the fact that more employers have become aware of the possibility of running a check on job applicants and also due to a greater concern over criminal activity in society.

The recent revelations by Swedish Olympian Patrik Sjöberg that he was abused by his high jump trainer while a youth has brought the question of background checks on those in positions of responsibility into focus.

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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.