A professional swimming association in Germany wants to reduce escalating sex attacks by refugees at public baths by training migrants to become pool lifeguards.
The Federal Association of German Swimming Professionals (BDS) says this would be ‘an inclusive measure that would benefit everyone.’
Last month a secret police document was leaked in Duesseldorf voicing the ‘grave concern’ of police chiefs about escalating sex crimes carried out by refugees at public swimming baths.
BDS President Peter Haiyang added: ‘We lack skilled workers. That’s why it would be negligent not to use these resources.’
Many sexually repressed young Muslim men take the sight of women in skimpy bathing costumes as an unspoken statement that they want sex.
There have been several reports of rape and other sex attacks committed against women and children at public pools both in Germany and neighbouring Austria this year.
Many municipalities, including Munich, have begun displaying charts in numerous languages aiming to teach migrant to respect women and children at the local pool.
Now comes the quirky idea of turning them into lifeguards responsible for security, order and cleanliness, water quality monitoring and maintenance of technical equipment.
This, believes the group, would lead to a decrease in sex crimes.
Incredibly, BDS president Peter Harzheim claimed: ‘Often it is the case that women feel sexually harassed by a group of migrants just because they look at them.
‘Such situations could be disarmed faster’ with migrants as pool attendants.’
The SPD, Greens and the Left Party in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, support the proposal.
‘People with multilingualism can dispel misunderstandings faster’, said Left Party spokesman Özlem Demirel.
And the SPD – Labour Party – state parliamentarian integration expert Ibrahim Yetim added: ‘If there is a way to educate refugees to become lifeguards, that would be a great thing. It is important to give a perspective to the young refugees.’
But Cologne lifeguard chief Berthold Schmitt believes there is a ‘fundamental problem’ for refugees in 6000 indoor andoutdoor and school swimming pools in Germany.
He said: ‘The ‘new people’, as we call them, have three problems: they speak no German, have no knowledge of German or European bathing culture, and most cannot swim.’
At least 20 refugees are reported to have drowned in Germany this year.