Over the past two weeks, 20 elderly women have reported brutal and physical robberies by female Romanians across Norway. This is "the new crime", the police tells to NRK. After a significant increase in the number of robberies committed by Romanian women who arrive in Norway without a job and place to live, the Labor Party (AP) wishes to bring back a law that makes begging illegal. Mayor Fabian Stang from the Conservative Party also suggested a ban last week, which would give police the authority to charge and expel beggars.
"We have ended up in a situation where a lot of people travel to Oslo to make a living as a beggar," Stang told Aftenposten last week. "If we are going to help people who are in a difficult position we have to help them where they live," he explained.
The robberies this week have been committed using two different methods, both in which the women have been offered to buy fake jewelry, but then end up being robbed of their own.
"Based on information from the victims, witnesses and the police's investigations we can conclude that the offenders are exclusively females from Romania," police tells NRK.
Deputy leader of the Justice Committee Jan Bahler (AP) and the Conservative Party representative Andr Oktay Dahl are working together on a move to change the current laws. The new regulations would ban begging, and also ensure that the sentences are strong enough to have offenders transferred back to Romania to serve their time, Bahler explains.