Europe’s most dangerous sex offender fugitives targeted by 18 countries
Europol is launching a campaign in 18 countries across Europe to find some of Europe’s most dangerous sex offenders.
Law enforcement authorities from Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom have joined this online appeal.
Eighteen fugitives suspected or convicted of sexual offences have been targeted and prioritised to feature on Europe’s Most Wanted Fugitives website, eumostwanted.eu. For four weeks, law enforcement authorities will circulate their images online and on social networking sites. The campaign will also be promoted on multiple media channels to attract as many visitors to the eumostwanted.eu website.
Anyone who recognises one of the most wanted sexual offenders featured in the campaign can report them anonymously via the eumostwanted.eu website and it will be shared directly with the national investigators looking for the fugitive.
In the past, such tips have already proved invaluable: since the launch of the project in 2016, 91 criminals featured on eumostwanted.eu website have been arrested. In at least 33 cases, this was thanks to information from the general public via the website.
Europe’s Most Wanted was initiated by the European Network of Fugitive Active Search Teams (ENFAST) community with the active support of Europol. The members of ENFAST are all specialised in locating criminals on the run who are suspected or have been convicted of serious crimes and are subject to European Arrest Warrants