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MP: Fund Police Sexual Crime Unit Now To Combat Child Porn Rise

Kasthuri Patto questions the status of the RM13mil fund for PDRM’s D11 unit, after Bukit Aman revealed the jump in online child porn from 46 IP addresses in 2017 to 14,385 in the first three months of 2022.

Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto in Parliament. Picture posted July 26, 2021 from Kasthuri Patto's Facebook page.

KUALA LUMPUR, May 16 – Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto today urged the Finance Ministry to expedite increased allocations to Bukit Aman’s D11 unit to address the rise in online child pornography.

The police’s sexual, women and children crime investigation division (D11) told Bernama that the number of IP addresses suspected to upload or download child porn jumped from 46 IP addresses in 2017, to 2,660 in 2018; then 9,017 in 2019; before rising to 18,508 in 2020; then 48,752 in 2021; and 14,385 IP addresses in the first three months of this year.

In just four years, the number of IP addresses suspected to share child porn multiplied 1,060-fold from 46 in 2017 to 48,752 last year.

From 2017 to March 2022, Malaysian police received – from Interpol, the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the US’ National Centre For Missing and Exploited Children – 93,368 IP addresses suspected of involvement in child pornography.

“Where is the RM13 million fund to empower the D11 Division, including 100 new staffs to assist in battling sexual crimes against children, as announced by the Minister of Finance Tengku Zafrul while tabling the 2022 National Budget in the Dewan Rakyat on 29th October 2021?” Kasthuri questioned.

D11 principal assistant director ACP Siti Kamsiah Hassan told Bernama that a working paper on D11’s plan for the RM13 million allocation was submitted to the Public Service Department last March, with D11 now awaiting feedback.

D11 plans to set up a Malaysian Internet Crime Against Children (MICAC) D11 investigation unit in each police contingent throughout the country with at least one investigating member, compared to only three officers at the federal Bukit Aman police headquarters at present.

According to Siti Kamsiah, since 2017, Malaysian police have only managed to investigate 103 IP addresses for child pornography that led to the arrest of 50 people, just 0.11 per cent of the 93,368 suspected IP addresses.

“The situation in Malaysia has become so dire that international enforcement agencies are offering to cooperate with the police here to further enhance enforcement to combat such activities and this should stir the conscience of lawmakers and ministers here to do the right thing for the safety of our children from the hands of the syndicate,” Kasthuri said.

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