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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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HEALTH

Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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