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Crime Has No Gender: Meet Europe’s Most Wanted Female Fugitives


Are women equally as capable of committing serious crimes as men? The female fugitives featured on Europe’s Most Wanted website prove that they are. The criminals – of both genders – in this new campaign by EU law enforcement are all wanted for grave offences like murder, drug trafficking, fraud, theft and trafficking in human beings. We are asking for your information to help us track them down and make them take responsibility for their crimes.

Many studies have examined how gender plays a role in crime. The majority of those looked at the gender of the victim but less often at that of the offender. However, in recent decades, the number of women engaged in criminal activity has increased, although at a slower pace than men.

Masquerade of crime

Altogether 21 EU Member States have selected one of their most wanted fugitives to feature in this campaign. The focus is on the story behind the crime, starting with a full mask covering the face of the fugitive. As the story unfolds, parts of the mask disappear leaving the viewer guessing the gender of the criminal.

The aim is to attract as many visitors to eumostwanted website as possible. Experience has shown us that the more eyes look at the wanted fugitives, the higher the chance is that someone can place the final piece of the puzzle to locate and arrest the wanted person. Information can be sent anonymously via the website, directly to the national investigators looking for the fugitive. 

This approach has proven successful in the past three years. After every large communication campaign, several wanted fugitives were arrested or turned themselves in because the pressure became too high for them and/or their relatives. Since the launch of the project, 69 criminals who featured on the website have been arrested. In at least 21 cases this was down to information received from the general public via the website. 

Europe’s Most Wanted was initiated by the ENFAST community in January 2016 with the full 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 subjects of European Arrest Warrants. 

If you recognise one of Europe’s most wanted fugitives, male or female, you could help police make Europe safer.  

18 Oct 2019

A 43-year-old British citizen detained on charges of child sexual abuse


The arrest took place on 12 September after a two-month crime documentation check carried out by officials of the Cybercrime Department with the General Directorate for Combating Organised Crime and police officers from the Regional Directorate of the Ministry of Interior in the town of Sliven.

The 43-year-old man was detained at his home in Sliven at around 06.00 a.m. during a specialised police operation. He was caught in the presence of six minor boys in one of the premises. The children have been immediately taken to Sliven Territorial Department, where officers specialised in crimes against minors, a psychologist and police investigators started working with them.

A computer configuration, video cameras and other items related to the crime have been seized in the course of the procedural and investigative actions conducted at the detainee’s home and vehicle.

The British citizen was initially detained for 24 hours. Subsequently, the detention was extended to 72 hours, following a prosecutor’s order. A court hearing is expected today, in order to decide on the prosecutor’s request for permanent detention.

Pre-trial proceedings have been initiated under the supervision of the District Prosecutor's Office in Sliven. It has been documented that the detainee repeatedly abused sexually minor victims from the town. He has legitimised his stay and contacts with minors from the neighbourhood, in which he lived in Sliven, pretending to be a pastor preaching a Christian denomination.

13 Sep 2019

The Operational Cooperation with the Bulgarian Authorities in Countering Frauds with EU Funds is at a Good Level, stated OLAF Director-General

The Director-General of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) is paying a working visit to Bulgaria upon invitation of the Minister of Interior and the Prosecutor General

During their meeting Minister Marinov and the OLAF Director-General, Mr. Ville Itälä, stressed the efficient operational cooperation and good interaction between the European Anti-Fraud Office and the national authorities with competences in the protection of the EU financial interests on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria. They also outlined the steps for further development and enhancement of the existing mechanisms for information exchange and investigations.

Minister Marinov and Mr. Itälä also discussed also the current state of play of the discussion on amending Regulation 883/2013 concerning investigations conducted by OLAF. They underlined the consistent support of Bulgaria for strengthening the competences of OLAF and for preserving the competences concerning the external investigations and the investigations intoof VAT frauds.

The programme of the visit of Mr. Itälä to Sofia also included also meetings with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, General Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov and SANS Chairman Dimitar Georgiev.

At the end of the day, Mr. Itälä visited the premises of AFCOS Bulgaria and had informal discussions with the team of the directorate.

27 Jun 2019

Marine pollution crime: first global multi-agency operation

LYON, France – An international law enforcement operation against maritime pollution has revealed hundreds of violations and exposed serious cases of contamination worldwide.

Codenamed 30 Days at Sea, the month-long (1-31 October) operation saw some 276 law enforcement and environmental agencies across 58 countries detect over 500 offences, including illegal discharges of oil and garbage from vessels, shipbreaking, breaches of ship emissions regulations, and pollution on rivers and land-based runoff to the sea.

Steered by a global network of 122 national coordinators, 30 Days at Sea involved environmental, maritime and border agencies, national police forces, customs, and port authorities. 

A global concern

More than 5200 inspections have resulted in at least 185 investigations, with arrests and prosecutions anticipated.

INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock “Criminals believe marine pollution crime is a low-risk crime with no real victims.  This is a mistake. Marine pollution crime is a transnational crime creating worldwide health hazards that undermine sustainable development and require a multi-agency, multi-sector cooperative response with a solid global security architecture”

Cases of serious contamination included the dumping of animal farm waste in Philippine coastal waters where local communities collect shellfish and children play.

In Germany, a vessel discharged 600 litres of palm oil into the sea. Ghana uncovered gallons of waste oil in large bottles thought to be illegally dumped at sea.   

Authorities prevented an environmental disaster in Albania by securing waters around a sinking vessel containing some 500 litres of oil.  Similarly, the pollution threat resulting from the collision of two ships in French waters was contained thanks to preventive action during the operation.

Innovative technologies permitted authorities to detect offences, including the use of satellite images (in Argentina and Sweden), aerial surveillance (Canada, Italy), drones (Nigeria, Indonesia and Pakistan) and night vision cameras.

In a shift towards prevention, visible surveillance technologies used in Qatar and Norway resulted in stricter compliance with regulations.

UN Environment Executive Director Erik Solheim said that the issue of illegal marine pollution is one that global communities may well be able to tackle successfully in the next decade. 

“But we need the help of our law enforcement partners to make sure that there is no impunity for the perpetrators of marine pollution crime,” added the UN Environment Executive.

Action through global cooperation

“It is vital for law enforcement to team up on a global scale and connect with experts in tackling this devastating crime and nurture a healthy, safe planet for all,” said Wil van Gemert, Europol Deputy Executive Director - Operations Directorate.

INTERPOL’s Pollution Crime Working Group launched Operation 30 Days at Sea in response to a call to boost international law enforcement action against emerging environmental crime through action in the field.

Coordinated by INTERPOL’s Environmental Security Programme in close partnership with Europol, 30 Days at Sea was driven by a range of cooperative enforcement actions, including:

  • joint tactical planning between countries (e.g.: Canada - US, Indonesia - Timor Leste);
  • the global deployment of multi-agency task forces, including a yearlong cooperative effort between South African national agencies targeting pollution crime at sea;
  • bilateral joint investigations (e.g.: Netherlands - South Africa, Germany –Belgium).

Understanding pollution crime

30 Days at Sea is followed by an awareness campaign in partnership with UN Environment to illustrate the impact marine pollution has on economic development and human and environmental security. 

From 13 November - 13 December, look for the hashtag #PollutionCrime, along with #CleanSeas on Twitter, and retweet to show support in combatting marine pollution crime.

13 Nov 2018

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