The newspaper Dagens Nyheter quoted a local police spokesperson, who warned against jumping to conclusions.
"It's too early to claim that this separate case with a rubber boat in Skillinge can be considered human trafficking and that it is becoming a new trend", the spokesperson said.
The information about the boat had already hit local headlines, with users of social networking websites describing the news as "hysteria about refugees" and suggesting that the boat carried ordinary fishermen.
However, the Swedish television station SVT quoted fisherman Tommy Persson as saying that the people in the boat didn't like fishermen.
"They could not get out into the Baltic Sea on board such a tiny boat. They were certainly dropped into the sea from a larger ship," Persson said.
On November 30, the European Commission approved the Swedish government's proposal to send refugees coming to Sweden to other EU countries. Additionally, Sweden will not have to accept refugees in accordance with EU quotas.
According to the International Organization for Migration, some 650,000 people, mostly Syrians, have taken rickety boats this year to cross the sea and reach Europe, mainly via Turkey and Greece.