Child abuse: 4 victims identified; Malta takes part in collaboration

Four victims of child abuse have been identified following a collaboration between various countries including Malta, Europol and INTERPOL.

Work carried out by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) has successfully supported efforts to identify victims of child sexual abuse through its seventh Victim Identification Taskforce (VIDTF), which was hosted at its headquarters from 14 to 25 October 2019.

30 law enforcement experts from 21 countries and INTERPOL went through millions of images and video files of victims, some as young as a few days old. They were supported by Europol staff, all specialists and intelligence analysts in this crime field.

The specialists analysed the digital, visual and audio content of such images and videos. More than 48 million images and video files were available in Europol’s database for this operation. Europol experts triaged 1,000 series of related images that would be the object of analysis for the participants at the taskforce.

A total of 925 series were analysed by the experts. For 173 series the country of production was likely identified, and the countries have been informed so that they can start their own national investigation.

The participating specialists came from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, Europol and INTERPOL.