A case of a pedophile who raped a 14-year-old girl in 2009 and was recently released exposed the perversity of Swedish laws as the man was able to keep indecent images of the girl all this time because they were stored in a cloud (a virtual hard drive).
Now the abuser is using the images again to threaten his victim.
According to Breitbart, a legal loophole does not allow authorities to access accounts such as email or virtual disk services (cloud) because the information contained therein is located elsewhere, and not on the suspect’s machine, meaning that abusers can still possess the indecent images even if they have been convicted.
A former Swedish official opined that the law is outdated because it is very common nowadays for people not to save their information on their personal computers, and in the end if this material cannot be accessed, more children or victims will suffer from not being able to be identified through the photos.
Prosecutor Emelie Kallfelt said that some cases had been hindered as investigators could not access cloud service accounts.
“Ultimately, it will be the victims who suffer. If we do not succeed in identifying a child, then, of course, there will be serious consequences. Or that we can’t fully substantiate an indictment. So the big losers will be the victims,” Kallfelt said.
Consequences of a lenient legal system
Sweden’s extremely liberal legal system is inviting abusers to commit crimes without fear of retaliation.
According to 2021 data from the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Bra) child sexual abuse and child rape had not only increased but had driven the growth of rape in general in 2020, with a total of 3,950 cases reported in the year in a country of about 10 million people.
In August 2020, an immigrant who raped a 10-year-old girl for three years was not deported because he had “long lived” in Sweden.
In another similar case the same year, the Gota appeals court reversed the rape conviction of an Afghan immigrant who simply said he did not know the girl was 13, even though he had written down her details when buying a bus ticket.
In 2016 the youth wing of the Swedish Liberal Party voted to legalize incest and necrophilia, claiming that if people consented there would have to be no laws banning these sinful and demonic practices.
Still, Sweden was voted to be the ‘best place to live’ in 2016 and again in 2020.