CA: Child trafficking on the rise due to internet penetration

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Kenya is becoming a soft target for online children traffickers due to high penetration of internet.

The Communications Authority says criminals are targeting minors using social media sites like Facebook and Instagram.

The authority says it is working with security agents and ICT players to bolster cyber security in the country.

The sustained growth of the ICT sector in Kenya is rearing its negative head in the form of a sharp spike in cases of cyber-crime where cyber threats grew by more than 20 percent in 2018.

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Businesses are reporting losses running into billions of shillings ever year, as cyber criminals device new ways of robbing unsuspecting enterprises.

However, security agents are battling with a new phenomenon, child traffickers.

The communications authority says the vice is becoming more prevalent due to the growth of social media sites like Facebook and Instagram among other social media platforms.

In May last year Kenya became the first country in Africa to sign the Child Online Protection charter, developed by the United Nations to protect children from online criminals.

CA says child abuse that takes many forms is currently a global vice with perpetrators working in networks from different countries in bid to evade authorities.

CA says it is working with various players in the industry to strengthen cyber security regulations in the country to rein in the vice.

The organizations that have partnered with Communication Authority include: Department of Children Services, The Cradle, Kenya Girl Guides Association, Kenya Scouts Association, Kenya Association of Professional Counselors, UNICEF, Google, Plan International, Terre de Hommes, Childline Kenya, GSMA and mobile service providers Orange, Airtel and Safaricom,” says CA.

What the Law says about Protecting Children

Article 29 (D) of the Kenya Constitution states that ‘Every person has the right to freedom and security which includes the right not to be subjected to torture in any manner, whether physical or psychological’. The Constitution in Article 46 (C) on Consumer Protection states that ‘Consumers have the right to the protection of their health, safety and economic interests’.

The Children’s Act No.8 of 2001 makes provision for parental responsibility, fostering, adoption, custody, maintenance, guardianship, care and protection of children. This provision extends to protecting children in the cyber space.

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