A number of girls have reportedly been sexually assaulted by young male asylum seekers at a public swimming pool in central Stockholm.
The identified alleged perpetrators are all ‘unaccompanied minors’ – young refugee boys who have arrived in Sweden seeking asylum without a parent or guardian.
The four cases involve girls under the age of 18 and all sexual assaults have taken place in hot tubs, pools or in the changing rooms if Eriksdalsbadet, Stockholm, in the past three weeks.
The four cases involve girls under the age of 18 and have taken place in hot tubs, pools or in the changing rooms if Eriksdalsbadet, Stockholm (pictured), in the past three weeks
‘We do not wish to point fingers to a specific group, but we are talking about boys without a parent or guardian,’ Stockholm City police chief Elisabeth Anestad told Expressen.
Eriksdalsbadet, which is the biggest aquatics centre in Stockholm, has previously reported an spike in sexual assaults – mainly incidents involving boys and young men groping women.
As a result, Stockholm police will not have uniformed police regularly patrolling the swimming centre, and the pool’s hot tubs are now segregated by sex.
It comes as a Belgian mayor announced that he would
propose banning male refugees from a swimming pool for a month
on Monday after complaints from female bathers.
‘We had women complain because they felt stared at and
selfies had been taken with them. It’s escalating. We never had
any complaints before,’ said Marc Vanden Bussche, mayor of the
coastal town of Kokzijde.
Marc Vanden Bussche, mayor of Kokzijde, Belgium, has proposed a temporary ban on male asylum seekers in the town’s public pools
Bussche said he had decided to act after police were called
in to investigate an Iraqi man who had caught an 11-year-old
girl as she came off a slide.
The politician from the Dutch-speaking liberal party Open
VLD, said he would propose a one-month ban at a council meeting
on Monday to allow tempers to cool. The town recently took in
300 asylum seekers.
‘In the meantime we will teach them about our way of life
and explain the rules of the pool to them,’ he said, adding the
ban would not affect children and their mothers.
Belgium’s state secretary for migration, Theo Francken,
advised against the move.
‘It’s never wise to punish a whole group for the
transgressions of a few,’ he said in a tweet. ‘Asylum seekers
live in open centres, they’re free to go swimming. But hands
These are only the latest incidents reported in mainland Europe in recent weeks involving sexual assaults allegedly committed by male asylum seekers in public swimming pools.
The German town of Bornheim, 19 miles south of
Cologne, temporarily banned male asylum seekers from its pool
this month after receiving complaints of sexual harassment.
Last week, the historic baths Johannisbad baths in Zwickau, Saxony banned all migrants after male asylum seekers had been caught masturbating in a hot tub and sexually assaulting women.
Others had reportedly been seen ’emptying their bowels’ in the children’s end of the main swimming pool.