Swedish mobility service recruits Senegalese help

Swedes looking to order transportation services may from 2012 find their calls re-directed to an operator in Dakar, Senegal.

Swedish mobility service recruits Senegalese help

Transportation service, known as “färdtjänst”, is available to disabled individuals who are unable to travel by ordinary public transport.

Samres AB, a company responsible for transportation service in 120 Swedish municipalities, is currently teaching 32 Senegalese the ins and outs of the Swedish language.

The plan is to have the new employees trained and ready to start taking calls coming in from Sweden by the start of 2012.

“There are cost benefits. We also get employees who stay for a long time, and lower our staff turnover, but sure – there are cost benefits, which give us a competetive edge,” Niklas Najafi, Samres’s business area manager, explained to The Local on Monday.

Najafi prefers not to get into specifics about how the Senegalese salaries compare to Swedish conditions.

“We pay attractive salaries by local standards,” he affirmed.

Some 32 people in Senegal are currently being paid by Samres to study Swedish. Over the course of 9 months, the employees are studying the language nine hours per day, five days per week.

“We put a lot of work into the education in advance. If you don’t speak good Swedish you can’t work for us,” explained Najafi.

Those hired have also undergone several tests in the recruiting process, including an English language test and logic tests, as well as a test to determine applicants’ ability to create sounds that sound like Swedish, which Samres has developed with the help of a linguistics researcher.

Senegal was selected for several reasons, explained Najafi.

“It’s a stable democracy, with a large percentage of the population highly educated. Unfortunately, it’s also hard to find qualified work, which means that there is a large available workforce,” he said.

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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.