Predator in my Phone

We started an experiment a few months ago. We asked a few of our reporters to pose as underage girls on mobile chat apps, to see how many sex predators would proposition them.

The results absolutely shocked us. Every time we activated the “friend finder” feature on these apps, we were almost guaranteed to receive obscene sexual advances.

PREDATOR IN MY PHONE documents the undercover operations our journalists performed to find out more about these sex predators – and to help the police nail them.

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The Problem

Over the past two years, close to 80% of reported rape cases by sex predators in Malaysia involved internet acquaintances, and the majority of victims were under 18.

“Grooming” is one of the main elements in these online sexual exploitation cases. Grooming is the process of building an emotional connection with the victim, to gain their trust for future exploitation and abuse.

Intent to sexually abuse a child is not a crime in Malaysia. This means no action can be taken against a child groomer until he/she actually abuses a child.

The solution

R.AGE and Unicef is calling for laws that would make it a crime for an adult to intentionally engage a child online with the aim of sexually exploiting them – even when no physical meeting or abuse has taken place.

We hope such laws will deter paedophiles and sex predators, and enable the police to take action against offenders early on in the grooming process.

YOU can be part of this solution, by pledging your support to the campaign below, and liking the Predator In My Phone Facebook page.

Facts and Helplines

Parents vs. digital demons

Parents need to take more responsibility in empowering and raising awareness in their children, about the dangers of sexual predators online.

Help Hotlines

A list of organisations and hotlines you can contact

Read more

Takahara Suiko gives voice to the voiceless

For many victims suffering from self-blame and stigma, Takahara Suiko’s Sejarah Hitam Kami Tumblr account is where their stories can be shared, without fear of judgment or prejudice.

Sexual abuse victims share their stories

Sexual abuse survivors have been sharing their stories with R.AGE, hoping it will help others who are going through what they did.

Predator on the silver screen

R.AGE online documentary series Predator In My Phone was given an extended screening thanks to the Malaysian Documentary Society.

Dating A Predator: K-Boy

We codenamed this man “K-Boy”. He booked a hotel room for our first meet-up. Watch the full video.

Dating A Predator: Fotoman

This man asked our journalist, who was posing as a 15-year-old, to have sex on their first date.

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Why we need laws against sexual grooming

Experts tell us why laws against grooming are so important, and which countries already have it.

Changing the law to protect children and combat online grooming

How can you help change the law to protect children.

Dangerous Connections

Successful chat apps are worth billions of dollars, but they come at a cost to our children’s safety.

Malaysia needs a culture shift

We can talk about digital safety all we want, but without a change in our mindsets, our youth will remain unsafe online, said experts at Unicef’s #ReplyForAll-MY town hall.

Take the survey

Formulated with our partners, this survey will not only give us important data,
but also direct you to get help if you’ve unknowingly become a victim of sexual grooming or abuse.

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