Swedish baths separate men and boys

From now on, Gothenburg’s biggest bath Lundbybadet will have four locker rooms: One for men, one for women, one for boys and one for girls.

– We have chosen to separate boys and men, girls and women since we have had several incidents with pedophiles. They photographed and filmed in the locker rooms, says Maria Bj√∂rklund, director of the city’s baths, to DN.se.

There seems to be no crimes however, and no sexual harassment, according to Maria Björklund:

– I can only recall one incident where an older person touched a pupil, but that was several years ago.

So it seems that the idea to “separate men and boys” (the word “separate” makes me think of two dogs …) is more a result of the general vibe in society than of actual problems.

A second article explains that 700 crimes per year are committed at Stockholm’s biggest bath Eriksdalsbadet, but most of them are thefts, and the sexual harassment is of a certain type:

– Boys harass girls by touching them, a police officer explains.

I find the idea with separate locker rooms for young and old people a tragic development, but a very logical one. As I pointed out to my friend N, who brought these articles to my attention, I’m surprised this hasn’t happened before. Be sure the idea will spread.