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Predators lure young girls online

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Thursday, July 17, 2014

YOUNG girls have been pursued by predators over the internet and have become victims of cyber crime.

This was revealed at yesterday's Fiji Media Watch workshop at DeVos on the Park in Suva.

Representatives of the Education Ministry were part of the workshop titled Media education a tool for creative learning.

Sergeant Jemesa Lave of the police Cyber Crime Unit said the effects of cyber bullying was more than physical or normal bullying

He also reminded cyber predators were those using the internet to exploit young children and their main motive was to abuse and mainly involve themselves in child pornography.

"There was one case where a young girl was being lured online using Facebook and these are some of the cases we are experiencing," he said.

"It is not happening overseas but right here at our doorsteps and we would like to share some of these experiences especially with the rise in the number of children using social media and social networking sites.

"More kids are now using the social media and the cyber predators are always there looking for their victims."

He said that a few weeks back, one of the students shared the same thing that she was receiving sexual advances via Facebook chat.

He said it was unfortunate there hasn't been an organisation to do a survey on this in Fiji and they were trying to form an MOU with USP to use their resources to do studies on some of the program and the impact of social media.

"Social media has been used to commit some crimes such as harassment, stalking, sending abusive messages and we receive overwhelming Facebook reports everyday."

He added people had been taken to task and while some had been convicted, some were still before the courts.

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