Gothenburg, Sweden -- Shop employees who are sexually harassed, female customers who are surrounded and sexually assaulted. The taharrush gamea puts fear in both customers and employees of Sweden's largest shopping mall, where immigrant gangs gather.
Police and employees now testify of a new problem in the wake of the immigrant youth gangs in the country's largest shopping mall, Nordstan: taharrush gamea.
It's what happened in Cologne and other European cities on New Year's Eve a year ago, but this is not restricted to NYE only, it happens every day in Sweden.
- I know this is a big problem for women who are surrounded by these boys or men in Nordstan. It is terrible and a criminal offense, says police spokesman Ulla Brehm, to Expressen.
Emma, 24, who works in Nordstan, is exposed to sexual harassment and petty theft every day - and now she is considering to quit her job.
Serious violent crimes, robberies, shoplifting and intimidation now characterize the image of the shopping center, which police call a "large youth club". It is about young people from various immigrant groups, including youths and asylum seekers from a number of countries, but police especially alert of the youths from Morocco, who have a long background from criminal environments.
The increased concentration of young people in the shopping center comes as a direct result of the many unaccompanied refugee "children" Sweden blindly has accepted, which has led to significant challenges for the police.
Several store employees say that they feel unsafe at work and when they go home from job in the evenings.
- It is about sexual harassment. I'm told that they would like to do this and that with me. They say I'm attractive, ask when I stop working and such, says Emma.
Have you notified the police about this?
- No. I feel there is no point. It happens so often.
Emma is considering quitting her job:
- I love my job and what I work with. But nobody should feel insecure at work, she says.
Several who have worked at Nordstan for long testify that insecurity has increased over the years. Ulrika Dreier is a store manager and has worked in Nordstan for 20 years. She says that customers have said they felt harassed by youth gangs.
- Insecurity has increased. There are a lot of thefts and also very much drugs. People have come forward and been aggressive. Then I have called the guard.
The sexual harassment known in Egypt as taharrush, is a term that has been in use since at least the 1950s, according to the political scientist As'ad AbuKhalil.
During a training session in Cairo in 2012, an anti-harassment group discussed 14 forms of taharrush, including "group or mass taḥarrush".
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