There have been twice as many rapes committed in Oslo so far this year as in the whole of 2010, nearly all of them by immigrants, Oslo Police statistics have revealed. Of the 48 rapes committed in the city in 2011, a suspected 45 are from people of a ‘non-Western background’ (code for non-white), most of whom are said to be asylum seekers.
A huge influx in immigration into the city has seen the number of rapes go up by a shocking 84 percent in the past decade, and by 20 percent in the last three years alone.
Last Saturday 300 people marched through the streets of Oslo in a torch-lit demonstration against rape called ‘From fear to action – Take back the night’, protesting about their lack of safety.
However, despite the police deploying 20 extra officers at the weekend, six more rapes and sexual assaults were reported by Monday.
On Saturday evening, two 16-year-old girls were raped at the Oslo S train station. Five men aged 16–20 from Afghanistan and Pakistan were arrested.
Another woman was raped in Slottsparken, just metres away from Norway’s royal palace. The 20-year-old described one of her two attackers as ‘dark-skinned and round in the face’. On Sunday morning a 17-year-old girl was found naked in the street after running from an attacker in her flat.
The same morning, an 18-year-old woman was raped by two men in Vaterlandsparken, and a 20-year-old woman reported a taxi driver who tried to force her to perform oral sex on him in his car.
Another rape attempt and a mugging of a woman took place in the district of Bislett. A newspaper report said men from Sri Lanka and Iran were arrested.
The huge overrepresentation of foreign rapists in Oslo and other Norwegian towns has become so undeniable it has prompted mainstream politicians to speak out on the problem.
Høyre (Conservative) politician André Oktay Dahl told television channel TV 2 that ‘it cannot be denied that many of the culprits have an ethnic background with a critical view of women’.
Oslo’s mayor Fabian Stang, also from Høyre, said to broadcaster NRK: ‘I’m afraid the time is ripe to consider a way of limiting [asylum seekers’] freedom, even though I find this difficult.
‘It seems we have a big problem regarding assault rapes and asylum seekers. Not putting somebody in jail before they have committed a crime is an important principle, and we must not stigmatise certain groups, but at the same time, I feel the women are paying the price for these principles, and I think we should be able to discuss whether this is right.’
Police and immigration authorities have criticised Mr Stang for his comments, stating that just because police figures ‘show the majority of assailants are described as non-Nordic doesn’t mean they are asylum seekers’. That politically correct rebuke is contradicted somewhat by the fact that the country’s Directorate of Immigration (UDI) routinely screens a two-minute animation film to asylum seekers, instructing them that ‘rape is wrong’.
Fremskrittspartiet (Progress Party) leader Siv Jensen also spoke out on the matter, grilling prime minister Jens Stoltenberg in parliament.
She said: ‘Unfortunately, it is a fact that asylum seekers are overrepresented in these statistics. When does the government plan to implement measures so women can feel safe?’
Sadly for Norwegian women, the obvious measure to stop nearly all such rapes, ceasing immigration and deporting all so-called asylum seekers, is not on the liberal government’s agenda.
Instead, Stoltenberg has travelled to Copenhagen to speak with its mayor and chief of police to take advice on reducing the number of assaults. One of the ‘solutions’ proposed is increased surveillance at bus stops and other public transport hubs, further limiting the privacy and rights of native Norwegians because of the dangers imposed on them by their elected politicians.
Sadly, Copenhagen isn’t in much of a position to offer advice on the situation anyway; 44 rapes were committed there in 2010, in a city not much bigger than Oslo. Heavily Muslim Stockholm has also seen a rise in cases, with 15 more instances this year than last.
A reported severe lack of resources for Norwegian police forces has also been blamed for the rise in rapes, leading some journalists to question the government’s continued obsession with foreign aid and providing generous benefits packages to bogus asylum seekers at the expense of funding the protection of their own people.