The Lost Cases
Findings and recommendations from an in-depth assessment of gaps in the investigation of online child sexual abuse cases in Albania
“The Lost Cases: Findings and recommendations from an in-depth assessment of gaps in the investigation of online child sexual abuse cases in Albania” is a unique assessment done in the framework of our #iamsafeonline program in Albania and highlights regulatory, structural, capacity and procedural gaps and barriers, which hampers efficient investigation of sexual abuse crimes committed online against children.
It is the result of over one-year active research work involving key law enforcement actors responsible for the identification, management and investigation of cases of online child sexual abuse and exploitation, as well as a wide range of duty bearers and other actors responsible for protection of children from online crimes.
The key findings unveil the scale of this rapidly growing problem in the world and specifically in Albania. The assessment revealed a staggering gap between the volume of referrals of potential child abuse materials which international law enforcement agencies are sending to Albanian counterparts, accounting somewhere between 5,000 to 15,000 per year and the actual number of cases investigated in the country: 3 to 4 cases in 3 years. Furthermore, the report demonstrates where the major procedural and normative bottlenecks are in the system, which leads to average 9 months and more for the investigative process to start and reach the court.