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Spike in Swedish reports of child porn crimes

There has been a 41-percent increase in reported cases of child pornography in Sweden this year compared with the same period of time last year, with the hike mostly due to more police officers being assigned to fighting the crime.

Spike in Swedish reports of child porn crimes

The statistics, taken from the first seven months of the year, were provided by the Crime Prevention Council (Brottsförebyggande rådet – Brå) and published by Sveriges Radio (SR).

The increase in reports has been attributed to more vigorous efforts by police as well as better intelligence related to child pornography.

“For us, it’s still quite easy to find those who openly share child pornography. But the number of unreported cases can be large when it comes to those who are doing it privately,” Björn Sellström, head of the Child Pornography Department at Sweden’s National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), told the TT news agency.

Tip-offs from private citizens rarely lead to actual police reports, as they often link to foreign sites, and several of the tip-offs are unfounded, he explained.

“Child pornography is a little like drug crimes. Just because someone says another person has a stash of drugs, it doesn’t mean it’s true. It can just be a case of not liking your neighbours,” Sellström added.

While there are no statistics about how much child porn is actually viewed in Sweden, experts believe the process is being made easier thanks to modern technology, and a simpler method of networking among criminals.

“Nowadays, anyone can produce, distribute, and access material quite easily,” IT expert and child porn researcher Marie Eneman told TT.

Those convicted of child porn crimes in Sweden are from all ages, society groups, and parts of the country. The absolute majority are men.

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Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

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According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

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Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden. 

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