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Anti-Grooming-Law with Little Effect

Six months after the introduction of the anti-child-grooming-law in Sweden, only few children have reported potential pedophiles to the police. News agency TT reports that some 100 complaints of an offense have been made since the law came into force on 1 July 2009. The brunt of these offenses concerned girls.

Prosecutors hope that more children will make use of the law within the months to come. According to a survey by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention nearly every second girl at the age of 15 has been exposed to men who tried to establish a sexual contact with them on the Internet. Under the anti-child-grooming-law offenders face a prison sentence of up to one year.

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