Meet the Bikini-clad ‘Groping Guard’ Vigilantes that will force those Muslim refugees to behave at swimming pools

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From Daily Mail

‘We are here to teach these boys they must learn to behave,’ says Siri Bernhardsson as she patrols the swimming pool wearing a bikini.

‘We are tired of men thinking they can come to Sweden and molest women when all we want is to be left in peace to swim without being felt up.’

Siri, 24, an assistant nurse, is one quarter of the ‘Groping Guards’ – an all-girl, bikini-clad vigilante group who monitor the swimming baths of Kalmar, Sweden to stop women from being molested by young migrant men.

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Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Siri revealed: ‘Loads of women write to us and say that they have been groped by young men.

‘We are here to teach these boys they must learn to behave,’ says Siri Bernhardsson as she patrols the swimming pool wearing a bikini.

‘We are tired of men thinking they can come to Sweden and molest women when all we want is to be left in peace to swim without being felt up.’

Siri, 24, an assistant nurse, is one quarter of the ‘Groping Guards’ – an all-girl, bikini-clad vigilante group who monitor the swimming baths of Kalmar, Sweden to stop women from being molested by young migrant men.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Siri revealed: ‘Loads of women write to us and say that they have been groped by young men.

Fierce: Even in the small town of Kalmar, there are now 34 asylum centres and even more are on their way. Pictured, the Groping Guard patrol their town's swimming pool
Vigilant: The group patrol the swimming pool in their hometown of Kalmar, where nearly 6,000 migrants and refugees have now settled
Presence: But the 24-year-old Siri soon struck on the idea of a more hands-on approach, by protecting the women in the swimming pool
Vulnerable: By not discussing the issue, the women say, Sweden is only making the problem of integration even more difficult to address

Kalmar Police spokesman Ulf Karlsson told MailOnline: ‘Last year we had a few incidents in the jacuzzi and a couple in the swimming pools. But when you talk about these kind of crimes there are always a lot of incidents that go unrecorded.

‘The ones who have been attacked might feel ashamed and keep what has happened to themselves.’

But the rising tide of attacks prompted assistant nurse Siri and her fellow ‘Groping Guards’ to take action and protect female swimmers.

‘I read about what had happened at the swimming centre in Stockholm and wanted to keep the women in Kalmar safe from this,’ she said.

‘That is why we started patrolling the swimming pools. The place where women are most exposed.

‘Swimming pools have become prime hunting grounds in Europe for gangs of men looking to prey on vulnerable women,’ she added.

Across Europe the number of women being attacked in swimming pools are increasing.

In January a German leisure centre became the first in the country to ban all migrants after a schoolgirl was sexually assaulted in a public swimming pool by Syrian teenagers.

Three Syrian boys were arrested earlier this month over the attack at a leisure centre in Munich as the country grapples with growing concerns about sex crimes perpetrated by asylum seekers

In response to growing concerns, a leisure centre in Bornheim, North Rhine-Westphalia, has now barred all migrants.

The ban also follows an attack by an 18-year-old refugee on a 54-year-old woman in Bornheim, where he had grabbed her by the private parts and tried to kiss her.

In Stockholm, at the city’s largest aquatics centre, Eriksdalsbadet, there have been 25 incidents reported since last January.

The city has seen a spike in sexual assaults, and Swedish police have resorted to sending undercover officers into swimming pools in an attempt to halt the rising numbers.

In January a number of girls reported being sexually assaulted by young male asylum seekers at a public swimming pool in central Stockholm.

The four cases all involved girls under the age of 18, who claim they were sexually assaulted by migrant teenage boys at Eriksdalsbadet, the biggest aquatics centre in Stockholm.

Another case which send shock-waves across the continent saw a ten-year-old boy raped by a 20-year-old Iraqi migrant in a swimming pool in Austria.

The attacker claimed he raped the boy because he had ‘too much sexual energy’ and it was a ‘sexual emergency.

In response to the attacks, copycat ‘Groping Guards’ are patrolling swimming baths in at least four towns – including Stockholm.

Siri’s friend and fellow guard Ella Sjoberg, 28, revealed: ‘When I was 16 and went to the swimming pool, you could see creepy old men staring.

‘But for a 16-year-old girl today it is different. They are attacked by groups of boys. They charge them into corners which is totally disrespectful and must terrify them.

‘Everyone knows that these attacks started after a lot of immigrants came to Sweden and everyone knows who the perpetrators are, but we can’t really talk about the problem here in Sweden.’

Determined: Managers of the swimming pool say that numbers of visitors have dropped since the women started patrolling the centr

‘Integration is the most important issue we have to deal with in Sweden. But no one is talking about it.

‘How will anyone be able to solve any problems if they are not discussed?’

But the Groping Guards are not welcomed by everyone in Kalmar – and the swimming pool manager has objected to their presence, claiming they make people feel unsafe, and that the number of swimmers has dropped since they started patrols.

‘I can’t believe they said that,’ Siri retorted.

‘The number of visitors has probably declined because young women don’t feel safe here anymore and we are here to make that stop.

‘If we organise this patrol perhaps we can address that this is a big problem in Sweden, and more women in Sweden would be willing to stand up and say “this is not okay, I am reporting you to the police”.

‘Why would that be a problem for anyone?’

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