Lee: Expedite law on child porn and sex grooming

PETALING JAYA: The Government has been urged to expedite the introduction of laws to address the issue of child pornography and anti-grooming at the next Parliament meeting.

Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation senior vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (pic) said reports made by local child protection NGOs and the media revealed “disturbing realities” that there were local paedophiles and it was not easy to detect them.

“Paedophiles are sexually attracted to children and are deceptive and very manipulative when they use child grooming for sexual exploitation of children.

“Child sexual grooming involves a paedophile who befriends and establishes an emotional connection with a child, and sometimes the family with the intention to sexually abuse the child.

“This could also happen over the Internet, with the paedophile arranging to meet the child in person or the ‘online friendship’ turns into pornography or sex traffic­king,” said Lee in a statement yesterday.

He said the rise in technology such as the Internet and mobile gadgets had also made it possible for paedophiles, irrespective of geographical location, to access children wherever they are.

He was commenting on The Star’s front-page report yesterday, which highlighted sex predators who prey on the young via online chat apps recently.

In that report, the police also revealed that according to their foreign counterparts, Malaysia ranks third among Asean countries for possession and distribution of child pornography.

Lee said children were now very Internet-savvy but were not mature enough to rationalise or “filter what is right and wrong” in cyberspace.

“Since 2010, the police have received over 400 reports of Internet-related rape cases, of which 339 involved minors.

“There is no doubt that Malaysia needs to introduce anti-grooming laws as soon as possible.

“It is necessary to expedite the introduction of relevant legislation in Parliament before the end of the year,” he said, adding that police personnel should be trained to spot possible child groomers.

According to a CyberSAFE 2015 survey, Lee said more than 90% of schoolchildren in Malaysia used the Internet and 83% were vulnerable to online dangers due to poor supervision.

by HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM.

Read more @ http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/06/27/lee-expedite-law-on-child-porn-and-sex-grooming/

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