Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from PolitikStube:
Sweden: “If you don’t have a big family that can protect you, you have no chance”
Entrepreneurs in Sweden who lost their companies as well as their families or have had to move abroad for fear of being killed. That is shown in a report on the Swedish medium SVT [state broadcasting]. The reason for the uncertainty are criminal gangs that systematically extort entrepreneurs in Sweden. Now the Gothenburg police are sounding the alarm: The problem is huge and not even the police can protect the victims.
“Either you pay, or you defend yourself and your life is completely ruined,” says the policeman Ulf Boström. Boström has been working in the northeast of Gothenburg for 16 years. His phone rings all the time. Worried mothers of gang members, imams or people who have received a letter from an authority but do not understand what it says on it. The police are simply overwhelmed.
In his everyday life he meets many people who live under constant threat of death. Those who pay gangs and family-based criminal networks for extortion attempts, and those who refuse.
According to Boström, the police cannot protect everyone. “Because we’ve allowed this business to spread across Sweden for so long, there are gangs in every major city. They have eyes and ears everywhere.”