A special task force has helped law officers around the world to rescue more than 240 victims of child sex abuse and bring almost 100 offenders to justice since 2014, Europol said Friday. Europe’s policing agency for the first time released the figures as its fifth annual Victim Identification Task Force wound down following a two-week operation.
“As a direct outcome of the previous 4 Victim Identification Task Forces, we have been able to identify and rescue 241 victims around the world,” said Fernando Ruiz, operations head at Europol’s Cyber Crime unit.
“Some 94 offenders have been prosecuted in 28 countries” since the task force was established four years ago, Ruiz told AFP.
AFP was given access deep inside the heart of Europol’s EC3 Cyber Crime Centre, where detectives were hard at work scanning their computer screens for possible evidence of child sexual abuse.
This year, 27 police detectives from 20 countries including EU member states, Australia and the United States, took part.