Govt stud­ies best prac­tices in tack­ling cy­ber crime against chil­dren

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KUALA LUMPUR: Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Seri Aza­lina Oth­man has re­cently paid a work­ing visit to the United States to learn about the best prac­tices in the man­age­ment of cy­ber crime against chil­dren, in­clud­ing those re­lat­ing to child pornog­ra­phy and sex­ual ex­ploita­tion.

The four-day work­ing visit, which be­gan on Sept 11, was aimed at study­ing all types of pos­si­ble threats of sex­ual crime against chil­dren, es­pe­cially af­ter the en­force­ment of the Sex­ual Of­fences Against Chil­dren Act 2017 and the open­ing of the Spe­cial Court for Sex­ual Crimes Against Chil­dren.

“The work­ing visit has also im­proved in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion and ex­change of in­for­ma­tion and tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise in cer­tain fields, hence strength­en­ing the diplo­matic ties be­tween the two coun­tries,” ac­cord­ing to the me­dia state­ment is­sued by her of­fice yes­ter­day.

Sev­eral forms of co­op­er­a­tion with law en­forcers in the US were pro­posed dur­ing the visit and would be stud­ied to em­power the administration, work­ing process, in­fra­struc­ture and technology used in han­dling crime in the coun­try.

A se­ries of meet­ings were con­vened dur­ing the visit, in­clud­ing with New York District At­tor­ney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.; act­ing US At­tor­ney for the South­ern District of New York Joon H. Kim; Chief of the Crim­i­nal Divi­sion for the US At­tor­ney’s Of­fice for the South­ern District of New York Lisa Zorn­berg; As­sis­tant US At­tor­ney and Cy­ber Crime Co­or­di­na­tor Eun Young Choi; and Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion Spe­cial Agent John Robert­son.

The state­ment also stated that Aza­lina had joined the Prime Min­is­ter’s wife Datin Seri Ros­mah Man­sor and Women, Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ro­hani Ab­dul Karim in visit­ing the Na­tional Cen­ter for Miss­ing and Ex­ploited Chil­dren (NCMEC) in Washington.

“The visit to the NCMEC had also en­abled Malaysia to learn about is­sues cham­pi­oned by the agency, es­pe­cially in the ef­forts to lo­cate miss­ing chil­dren and to tackle re­ports on sex­ual ex­ploita­tion against chil­dren,” the state­ment said. - Ber­nama

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