Malaysia tops in South-East Asia for online child pornography

Source: The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has the highest number of IP addresses uploading and downloading photographs and visuals of child pornography in South-East Asia, authorities have said.

The number of children falling prey to perpetrators whom they befriended online is also reportedly increasing fast.

Many Malaysian parents let their children use handphones without monitoring them, and more than 60% of children spend time in online chatrooms on the Internet on a daily basis.

Data shows that close to 20,000 IP addresses in Malaysia upload and download photographs and visuals of child pornography and that the country ranks top in South-East Asia in this regard.

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Help stop child exploitation

Source: The Star Online

MEMBERS of the public are being urged to take photos of children begging or being forced to work, and send the images to the police.

Speaking to reporters after the Perak Police Contingent Headquarters (IPK) monthly assembly, Perak CID Chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Gan Tian Kee said, instead of feeling pity and providing money, people should be assisting the police to ensure that children are not being exploitated.

“If you see a child beggar, do not give them any money. Take a photo and send it to us. We will immediately take action.

“The child is not going to benefit because the money you give them may be going to a syndicate and that should not happen at all,” he said.

“In our country, we should not have child beggars but it is still happening,” SAC Gan lamented.

“Sometimes I wonder if we have become less caring. Give us information instead of giving them the money and you might save that child from syndicates,” he added. Read more

Suhakam calls on gov’t to monitor, regulate businesses to prevent child labour

Source: The Sun Daily

SUHAKAMPETALING JAYA: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) said the government must monitor and regulate businesses to prevent child labour.

This also extends to lawmakers who should unite in solidarity to fight human trafficking.

“The government has committed significant resources to combating trafficking in persons and Suhakam will continue to engage with all stakeholders to ensure that human trafficking and modern day slavery remains high on our agenda,” its chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail said in a statement.

He added that Suhakam will discuss the issue with all parties including parliamentarians and government agencies.

He went on to remind all that human trafficking is a serious criminal offence and a grave violation of human rights.

“It roots its profit from human suffering.

“Suhakam reiterates that child labour violates the fulfilment of the full range of children’s rights as contained in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC),” he said. Read more