Norwegian police are conducting investigation into over 150 cases of alleged sexual abuse in the small rural community of Tysfjord in the country’s north.
Police Spokeswoman, Tone Vangen, said “some 92 of the village’s 2,000 residents stand accused of offences involving 40 children, the youngest just four years old.
She, however, said several cases were reportedly beyond the legal time frame for prosecution and the victims had apparently left Tysfjord.
She added that one of the suspects allegedly justified the abuse by saying he was a shaman.
Most of the cases involved the abuse of 15 to 16-year-old girls, often thought to be at the hands of family members or friends of the family.
Referencing to the point when 11 men and women came forward to police to inform them of the suspected abuse, Vangen said “police work up until June 2016 was not good enough.”
According to Vangen, the police will now work more closely with kindergartens, schools and paediatricians.