10,000 cases of child sex crimes

> 91% of per­pe­tra­tors were known to vic­tims


KUALA LUMPUR: Po­lice recorded al­most 10,000 cases of chil­dren fall­ing vic­tim to sex crimes be­tween 2013 and this year.

“These in­clude about 6,200 cases in­volv­ing rape, 834 cases in­volv­ing in­cest, and 2,893 cases in­volv­ing out­rag­ing mod­esty,” Bukit Aman Sex­ual, Women and Child in­ves­ti­ga­tion Divi­sion (D11) head DSP Tan Gee Soon dis­closed at a sem­i­nar at the Royal Malaysia Po­lice Col­lege in Cheras, here, yes­ter­day.

The sem­i­nar ti­tled “Sex­ual Crime Pre­ven­tion Se­ries 3 : Pro­tect Chil­dren from Pae­dophiles” was or­gan­ised by Malaysian Crime Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion (MCPF) and the po­lice. It was at­tended by about 500 par­tic­i­pants com­pris­ing po­lice per­son­nel, teach­ers, MCPF mem­bers, NGOs and hos­pi­tal per­son­nel.

“The shock­ing fact is that 91% of the per­pe­tra­tors were known to the vic­tims,” she said, adding that 50.2% of the vic­tims were in the 13-15 age group.

She said po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions also found that most vic­tims be­friended of­fend­ers via so­cial me­dia, with 184 such cases re­ported in 2015.

Ear­lier, City po­lice chief Com­mis­sioner Datuk Amar Singh warned that the num­ber of peo­ple ac­cess­ing child pornog­ra­phy web­sites was alarm­ing and wor­ry­ing.

“There needs to be aware­ness on sex­ual crimes against chil­dren be­cause ne­glect­ing that would make it dif­fi­cult to gauge the se­ri­ous­ness of the sit­u­a­tion,” he said.

Amar Singh said some 500 cases in­volv­ing chil­dren be­ing vic­tims of crime were re­ported in the first 10 months of this year, with a few in­volv­ing pae­dophiles.

He re­vealed that the po­lice have the right skills and pro­gramme to ob­serve in­ter­net traf­fic on web­sites that pro­mote child pornog­ra­phy within the coun­try, cour­tesy of tech­nol­ogy shar­ing be­tween the Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tions and po­lice.

“Our checks found a size­able num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als within the coun­try log­ging into child porn web­sites,” he said.

MCPF se­nior vice-chair­man Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said al­though there were no ex­act fig­ures to de­ter­mine the num­ber of pae­dophilia cases, he in­sisted a law must be en­acted to ad­dress the issue.

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