Ljubljana – The Slovenian police have teamed up with Europol and police forces from the Western Balkans for a campaign against online abuse of children and youths in the region, which starts this week.
The campaign features police forces from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia delivering the message that there are no borders in the joint fight for the prevention, detection and investigation of online abuse.
Police investigators are already cooperating, formally and informally, exchanging examples of best practice, conducting joint training and providing cross-border help in investigations where the perpetrator and victim are from different countries.
Prevention and investigation of sexual abuse of children and expansion of police cooperation with Western Balkan countries in this field is also one of the priorities of Slovenia’s EU presidency.
The campaign will drive home the point that sexual abuse and exploitation of children, and content which depicts sexual abuse of children, are a violation of fundamental human rights.
Police said demand for images of sexual abuse of children had risen by a quarter during the pandemic as people spent more time on computers.