The Media Against Pedophiles in Africa (MAPinAfrica) has expressed dismay over the rise in online pedophiles across the continent.
Speaking through MAPinAfrica co-admin faculty, Mr. Remmy Nweke, at the 2019 World Safer Internet Day, organised in Lagos by the Centre for Cyber Awareness and Development (CECAD), urged media practitioners to help save Africa, mostly those in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector among others.
He also said that media practitioners’ buy-in is very crucial so as to avail them with the requisite knowledge-base to educate the larger population on the continent with regards to the worrisome rise in the activities of pedophiles.
Pedophiles, Nweke pointed out, target children in poor countries for online abuse, outside the socio-cultural burdens with incentives, citing for instance that as far back as 2002, the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated that 73 million boys and 150 million girls under the age of 18 years had experienced various forms of sexual violence.
While the Center for Disease Control and the US Department of Justice study an estimated 7.9 per cent of males and 19.7 per cent of females universally faced sexual abuse before the age of 18 years, with the highest prevalence rate of Child sexual abuse (CSA) was seen in Africa at 34.4 per cent.
He pointed out that with the increase in Internet access, this percentage has advanced, emphasising that the United Kingdom (UK) National Crime Agency (NCA) recently said that children from developing and war-torn countries were being targeted by pedophiles using live-streaming and other tech advances and had paid over 33,000 Pounds Sterling as incentives.
On ensuring safer internet or online presence for children, Nweke also urged parents to take time out to know what their children are doing online and possibly create a separate account for them with some privacy settings to avoid undue downloads pornographic photos.
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