Teenage girls raped at music festival

A popular Swedish music festival has likely held its last event over the weekend after at least four girls between the ages of 15 and 17 were raped there.

The five-day Emmaboda Festival, which takes place annually in the southern Swedish province of Småland, is an indie-pop festival which attracts fans from all over Sweden.

However, this year’s event turned to mayhem, with police reporting that in addition to the four young girls being raped, 11 women over 18 were sexually abused, 113 people were reported as possessing drugs, and there were a further 251 reports of individuals consuming drugs.

Ewa-Gun Westford, a spokesman for the South Police Region, said, “There are six suspects for sexual attacks and one for rape,” but the suspects were not identified or described.

Westford noted, “Several people who have worked at the festival have been using or have been dealing drugs.”

Festival organizers no longer believe that the event is a safe venue for fans. “We will evaluate the efforts of the police together with the organizer and the municipality in order to set the conditions for this festival to continue,” said Westford, adding, “It’s not just about drugs but also about safety in the area.”

A similar festival in Sweden, known as the Bravalla Festival, held in Norrkoping, is also reportedly canceled after up to 40 girls were attacked and raped in 2016 and again this year, with fewer victims but still significant in number.

Organizers have since announced the cancellation of the 2018 festival, saying that they were unable to stop the continued sex attacks that have become a problem at the Swedish music festival. According to statistics, the number of sexual assault crimes has risen by 1,000 percent since 2016 and the problem is getting even worse.

So far, the only response from Swedish officials is simply to cancel the events. They don’t seem to have any other answers regarding how to stop the crimes, which are reportedly carried out primarily by young men who come from migrant backgrounds.

Swedish feminist Emma Knyckare wants to avoid sex assaults by simply not allowing men to participate either as festival goers or performers at future music festivals. Knyckare claims to have so much support for her idea that she’s planning to organize a female-only festival as early as next year.

Earlier in March, statistics from the Swedish national government revealed that only one of every five foreigners found guilty of raping children are being deported to their home countries.

Government data accounts for offenses committed by illegal aliens and foreign nationals registered as living in the country as residents and shows that from 2010 to 2014 foreign nationals convicted of heinous crimes have been allowed to remain in Sweden.

Notable statistics regarding foreign nationals registered as Swedish residents include:

  • 19 percent convicted of rape were deported
  • 19 percent convicted of aggravated rape were deported
  • 13 percent convicted of child rape were deported
  • 17 percent convicted of aggravated rape of a child were deported

In February, President Donald Trump received backlash after he made remarks that implied a correlation between migrants in Sweden and an increase in crime in the country.

However, Fox News reported that a Facebook post from a Swedish police investigator, combined with recent police reports, suggest Trump may have been right on point.

Five rapes, three assaults, a pair of extortions, blackmail, an attempted murder, violence against police, and a robbery all happened within a five-day period this year, according to Swedish investigator Peter Springare’s Facebook post on Feb. 3.

Springare said the suspects were all from Muslim-majority countries – Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia and Turkey – except one Swedish man who was arrested in a drug-related case, Fox News reports.

The controversy had stemmed from when Trump addressed a crowd in Florida and said, in part, ““You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.”

This statement caused quite a bit of controversy among his non-supporters, who believed the statement was an unfair comparison between crime and migrants in Sweden. But, Trump defended his comments on Twitter, saying his statement referenced a story that was broadcast on Fox News.
Fox News also gathered data from the Swedish Police Authority, which showed the Swedish city of Malmo had 52 hand grenade attacks in 2016, a jump from 48 attacks in 2015. The country has taken in 650,000 asylum-seekers during the past 15 years, according to Fox, and 163,000 in 2015.

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