Sexual repression a cause of high rates of online child pornography transmissions in Malaysia : Expert

Sexual repression and censorship might be contributing to the high rates of online child pornography consumption in Malaysia
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Sexual repression and censorship might be contributing to the high rates of online child pornography consumption in Malaysia, warns an expert.

In light of the nation’s recent steps towards conservatism, the forced “oppression of sexuality” evident in society could actually be prompting people to prey on children instead, Universiti Sains Malaysia’s associate professor Mr P. Sundramoorthy told Free Malaysia Today.

“Because of the amount of censorship and repression in regard to sexuality in this culture, it does not surprise me that we have those who are turned on by child pornography,” he added.

And the problem has only escalated in recent years.

In a seminar on “Cyber Protection for Children”, assistant commissioner of the Royal Malaysia’s Sexual, Women and Child Investigation Division Ms Ong Chin Lan shared that Malaysia recorded the highest number of IP addresses uploading and downloading photographs and visuals of child pornography in South-East Asia.

This amounted to some 18,000 IP addresses in 2015, reported The Star.

When looking at the number of sexual assaults on minors, it rose from an average of 60 children a year in 2014 to 183 in 2016, and 117 from Jan through May in 2017.

Another worrying trend observed was that about 60% of girls and 40% of boys would go on to meet people that they met online in real life.

Moreover according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), more than half (60%) of children surveyed spent at least some time in online chatrooms every day.

Yet, picking these perpetrators out from the rest of crowd is not an easy task, as they could hail from a variety of demographic groups, said Mr Sundramoorthy.

“People must report to the authorities even if they just feel something is amiss or suspicious,” added security expert Mr Khen Han Ming.

“We don’t wait for a child to become a victim in order to prove that someone is a pedophile. This is why we have child protection laws. It’s in order to keep these monsters away from them”.