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Feb 6, 2020

There is Need for Cybercrime Legislation

Guillermo Galarza Abizaid

ICMEC is based in Alexandria, Virginia in the U.S.A. According to data available, most of the abuse starts at home; twenty-five percent of the abuses are committed by someone in authority close to the child. So the organization continues to develop awareness programmes to educate children and parents about the risks related to children having access to technology at an early age. Director Guillermo Galarza also spoke on the need for robust cyber crime legislation, something that Belize is currently working on.


Guillermo Galarza Abizaid, Dir. Of Law Enforcement Training & Technology, ICMEC

“A lot of these child sex offenders do know that kids are surfing online, they are going to social medias, they are utilizing new apps and new mobile technologies so we have to be aware—not just as an organization, but as a community—and parents need to understand that kids can get into a lot of trouble by chatting with anyone online.  We believe that without the proper legislation, law enforcement can’t do their work right and in many ways, legislation specific to online child exploitation is very important. It needs to be defined in the national code. So in 2006, we released a national study in the model legislation and you can download it in our website and you can see all the country’s breakdown. There are countries like Belize that do have some legislation, but it not fully there. And we need to get the policymakers, the government leaders, to really look at legislation because I keep on saying that without the proper legislation, law enforcement officers cannot do their work.”

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