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Nov 1, 2019

A Training to Combat the Online Exploitation of Children

A number of countries from the Caribbean region have completed a one week training programme to tackle an online scourge targeting children. Online child exploitation involves the sharing of images of children involved in explicit sexual conduct on the internet.  The training was organized by the Interpol Cybercrime Capacity Building Project to free children from all forms of sexual abuse. Here is Duane Moody with a report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Since Monday, representatives from regional law enforcement departments and agencies have been engaged in a five-day operational training. It’s phase two of the Interpol Cybercrime Capacity Building Project in the Americas to combat online child exploitation; cyber crime has rapidly become an issue within the region.

 

Rastislav Sasik, Project Manager, Cyber Americas Project

“If you look in this room, I see females and males from several Caribbean member states and it shows the importance of international cooperation. International crime has no boundaries.”

 

Evan Lino

Evan Lino, Head, National Central Bureau, Belmopan

“In this week’s training, I hope that you understood the differences that we undergo in relation to cyber crime and promote mutual understanding among each other through the training. I can reasonably conclude that the purpose of the training had been completely accomplished.”

 

The priority of the Interpol’s Crime Against Children Unit is to identify and rescue young victims of sexual abuse, block access of child sexual abuse material and preventing offenders from travelling overseas to abuse children or escape justice. An Interpol International Child Sexual Exploitation Database is an intelligence and investigative tool to be used by specialized officers to access data on cases of child abuse.

 

Rastislav Sasik

Rastislav Sasik

“Today we have finished the operational training related to the crimes against children. And be aware that we have already prepared the upcoming training activity in the three weeks in Aruba related to the open source investigative training and instructor course for your colleagues from your country. As we all know, child abuse is a universal problem. Offenders produce, exchange and even stream live video of children including babies being abused. They also come into direct contact with children via social networks and functions in games or similar applications. And we all understand that the images containing the sexual abuse of a child are evidence of a serious crime.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

 

Representatives from Barbados, Bahamas, Curacao, Dominica, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Trinidad & Tobago and Belize participated in the programme at the Radisson in Belize City


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