Malaysia Tops in Southeast Asia for Online Child Porn

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Not only do we have the highest number of IP addresses uploading and downloading photographs and visuals of child pornography in Southeast Asia, but the number of children in our country falling prey to perpetrators whom they befriended online is also rapidly increasing.

Startling Stats:

  • Many Malaysian parents let their kids use handphones without monitoring them; only 35.6% monitor their children’s activities
  • 91.6% of children owned a handphone before age 15
  • 88.5% of kids had FB or other social media accounts
  • 60% of children spent time in online chatrooms daily
  • 3 out of 4 children willing to exchange their info for “goods and services”
  • Before 2014 average 60 kids sexually assaulted a year; in first 5 months of 2017, the figure was 117
  • 51% children aged 13-15 befriended perpetrators through WeChat, FB, WhatsApp, etc
  • 60% girls, 40% boys would meet people they befriended online
  • 1 out of 10 children have met “boyfriends” whom they had never met in real life before

Data shows that close to 20,000 IP addresses in Malaysia upload and download photographs and visuals of child pornography, and that we rank top in Southeast Asia in this regard.

Asst Comm Ong Chin Lan of the Royal Malaysia Police’s Sexual, Women and Child Investigation Division (D11), in a seminar on ‘Cyber Protection for Children’, revealed that based on data provided by Dutch police based in Malaysia in 2015, about 17,338 IP addresses involved in child pornography were from Malaysia.

It is learnt that many Malaysian parents let their children use handphones without monitoring them; only 35.6% of parents monitor their children’s activities.

Ong said data showed that prior to 2014, an average of 60 children a year were sexually assaulted by perpetrators whom they had befriended through the Internet.

The figure increased to 184 in 2015 and 183 in 2016. In 2017, the figure was 117, as of May 2017.

About 51% of children aged between 13 and 15 befriended the perpetrators through messaging app WeChat. Other channels included Facebook, WhatsApp and Beetalk.

Based on an investigation by the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) of children between 10 and 17 in 2015, 91.6% owned a handphone before the age of 15 while 88.5% had Facebook or other social media accounts.

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Another worrying trend was that 60% of girls and 40% of boys would go on to meet the people they befriended online.

Chen Pei Ling of non-governmental organisation PS The Children revealed during the seminar that out of 10 children surveyed by the group, three admitted to having met “boyfriends” whom they had never met in real life before, Sin Chew Daily reported.

Figures from United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) showed that more than 60% of children or teenagers spend time in online chatrooms on the Internet daily. And about three of four children are willing to exchange their information for “goods and services”.