Exposing paedophiles and child pornographers

Exposing paedophiles and child pornographers

PETALING JAYA - Whistle-blowers wanted! If you know of anyone who is into child pornography or is exploiting children, tell the police.

"You don't need to reveal your identity. We won't ask who you are. We just want the facts so that we can catch the perpetrators.

"We don't want them endangering our children," said Bukit Aman's Sexual, Women and Child Investigation Division assistant principle director Asst Comm Ong Chin Lan.

The police are setting up a child cyber sex crime unit to snare paedophiles and child sex offenders who prey on children online.

The unit will be under ACP Ong's division (D11).

But because paedophiles and child pornographers operate underground, police say they need tip-offs from the public.

"Child pornography and paedophilia are two areas that pose a big challenge for us. Their reach is wide but they are tough to tackle because they operate largely underground.

"We have caught offenders but what we know is just the tip of the iceberg. We need whistle-blowers to give us tip-offs," she said.

Cyber sex crime officers will be trained in cyber investigations and get help from international police and intelligence outfits such as the FBI and the French police.

ACP Ong also wants to see the setting up of a Sexual Offenders Registration Act to allow police to regulate the movements of sex offenders, particularly paedophiles who have served their prison sentence.

The Act, she says, will also authorise local governments to inform residents about the presence of sexual offenders who have been released and are staying in their area.

"Currently, we ask that kindergartens and day care centres send us their staff list because we do not want sexual offenders anywhere near children.

"But we need a law which requires offenders to check in with us from time to time," she said.

ACP Ong said the proposed Act should also give police the authority to deny tourists who have been convicted of sexual crimes entry into the country.

"Whenever I get a notification from a foreign counterpart that a high-risk or medium-risk sexual offender from their country is travelling to Malaysia, I get very frightened.

"Why? We can't stop him from coming into Malaysia and I can't prove that he is a threat … so we have to let him in.

"And once in, we have no way of tracking his movements. I am not willing to put our children at risk just to allow one more tourist into our country!" said ACP Ong.

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