Crackdown on Grooming Promised
Justice Minister Beatrice Ask wants to allow the police to trace Internet IP addresses to track down adults believed to be grooming children for sexual contacts.
Ask tells Swedish Radio News that if the center-right government wins September’s elections, she will introduce legislation to increase police powers.
Currently the authorities can trace IP addresses for crimes where the sentences are more serious than fines, such as child pornography.
Grooming, making contact with children over the Internet, is not such an offence, although actual sexual relations with children is a serious offence and does qualify for IP traces under current legislation.
So far no one has been convicted of grooming in Sweden.