Thursday, May 05, 2005

Norway 'world leader' in drug related crime

Norway 'world leader' in drug related crime

Norway has the most drug-related crimes per capita in the world, according to information from international statistics database NationMaster. Norway had nearly 1,000 drug crimes per 100,000 residents, compared to 560 for the USA and 350 for Sweden, newspaper VG reports. Einar Ødegård, researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research (SIRUS), confirmed that crimes with links to drugs have been on the rise. "Between 1991 and 2002 we saw a tripling in what is characterized as serious drug crimes," Ødegård said.

Prostitutes on parade

According to Aftenposten, prostitution in Oslo is close to reaching its saturation point. The recent influx of younger, more attractive prostitutes from abroad is squeezing older, drug-addled Norwegian prostitutes out of the market, which may lead them to commit more crimes. Beautiful young women from sub-sahara Africa seem to have claimed this particular street, and they walk in twos and threes and talk to every single man that walks by.


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