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Kefu says urgent action needed to address cyber crimes

Tonga's Acting Attorney-General 'Aminiasi Kefu Photo: RNZI / Koro Vaka'uta

NUKU’ALOFA – June 19, 2018: 12.10pm (RNZI): Online child abuse is a growing problem in the Pacific region, according to Tonga’s Acting Attorney General.

 ‘Aminiasi Kefu and the Pacific Island Law Officers’ Network hosted a cybercrime workshop last week where combatting online child abuse was a key focus.

Mr Kefu said the four main priorities coming out of the gathering were the need to updating legislation, building capacity for law enforcement, public-private industry cooperation and community awareness.

He said online child abuse required urgent attention.

“Online child abuse is already here in the Pacific, there’s data from Facebook and we just have to access that and analyse it and bring it to law enforcement if there are any cases there for further investigation, so we have to prepare ourselves for those cyber-storms that will be attacking us very soon.”

Mr Kefu said incidents of revenge porn were also becoming more common in the Pacific.

“Where relationships have gone sour and the angry partner has decided to upload personal and private photos and it is not only between a boyfriend and a girlfriend but there are also cases where wives have disclosed footage of mistresses and that sort of thing and it is something that is quite new to law enforcement.”

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