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Two Swedes arrested for child sex crimes abroad
Thursday, 24 February 2011
Two Swedish men are being charged with child rape crime carried out abroad. One of those is a 40 year old man currently in Kristianstad, South Sweden arrested on suspicion of raping a child abroad.
Since the 1960s, when record started being kept, only a handful of Swedish men were charged with child sex crimes committed abroad. But today, more than 4000 Swedish men have each year had sex with minors during a stay abroad, according to a report from Stockholm University. Few of them are reported and even fewer are prosecuted. In Kristianstad two men are currently under arrest on suspicion of child pornography and one of them is also suspected of raping children.

Swedish television reports that the arrest occurred as a result of strong intelligence, information which authorities receive.

Back in the early 1990s, a senior Swedish boss was caught in Thailand, with a young boy. The man fled to Sweden where he was arrested tried and sentenced to three months imprisonment. But since the 1960s, only a handful of Swedish men have ever come to trial for having sex with children abroad despite the believe that such crimes continues to take place.

Police and authorities say it difficult and it takes a long time to gather the needed intelligence. Information has to be given by the country where the atrocities have been committed and the person has to be identified before any action can be taken. When this does not come in nothing can be done.

In the current case, the suspected child rape would have occurred in 2009 in the Philippines and the arrest is the result of work done by the group at the Swedish National Criminal Police, whose task is to identify and prosecute Swedes who travel abroad to have sex with children.  Currently forty Swedes are being observed.
By Scancomark.se Team

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